Q. How long does surgery take?
A. Most surgery takes about 1-11/2 hours for uncomplicated cases. Revision surgery takes longer.
Q. When will I get out of bed for the first time?
A. If your surgery is early in the morning you could be out of bed the same afternoon. If it is a later case you will be out of bed the next day
Q. How long will I be in the hospital?
A. Most people are in hospital between 2-3 days. After that depending on your age & support system at home you will either be transferred home or to a rehabilitation center
Q. How much pain will I have after surgery?
A. Everybody has different tolerances to pain, but everybody gets enough pain medicine to be comfortable .This could range from Tylenol to a Morphine pump. All incisions are injected during surgery with local anesthetic
Q. When can I return to work?
A. Plan on being off work for about 4-6 weeks
Q. How long is the incision?
A. Both hip & knee replacements are done through the smallest incision that enables me to do the surgery well. Patients of smaller stature will have smaller incisions than heavier patients.
Q. What happens with blood clots?
A. All patients are anti-coagulated after surgery. Most new anticoagulation medicine can be taken by mouth .This continues for several weeks after surgery.
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