What if joint replacement is recommended?
It’s important to fully understand how this procedure will work, so make sure you also ask your surgeon the following questions
Are there any pain relief alternatives that could work just as well as total joint replacement surgery?
If I have a total joint replacement, how much will it relieve my pain?
How is the procedure done?
What are the risks of joint replacement surgery?
What can be done to reduce these risks?
What do you do to manage the pain after surgery?
How long will I need to stay in hospital?
Will I need to spend time in a rehabilitation unit?
How soon after surgery will I get back to normal daily activities?
After the operation will I continue to see my local doctor (GP) for follow up care?
How long will my replacement joint last?
If I have a total joint replacement, will you perform my surgery?
When might you be able to perform the surgery, and how should I manage my pain and mobility until then?
What activities can I do after joint replacement surgery?
What won’t I be able to do after joint replacement surgery?
What do you expect my level of function and physical activity will be after my surgery?
Will my joint replacement operation be covered by my private health insurance?
What should I do if I have more questions?
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Important information for patients
Information displayed on this site is intended for Australian residents only. This information is not designed to replace the advice of your doctor or healthcare professional. The information presented is for educational purposes only. Stryker is not dispensing medical advice. Please speak to your doctor or orthopaedic surgeon to decide if joint replacement surgery is right for you. Only your medical professional can make the medical judgment which products and treatments are right for your own individual condition. As with any surgery, joint replacement carries certain risks. Your surgeon will explain all of the possible complications of the surgery, as well as side effects. Additionally, the lifetime of a joint replacement is not infinite and varies with each individual. Individual results between patients may vary. Each patient will experience a different post-operative activity level, depending on their own individual clinical factors. Your doctor or orthopaedic surgeon will help counsel you about how to best maintain activities in order to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device. Such strategies include not engaging in high-impact activities, such as running, as well as maintaining a healthy weight.