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Hip or knee replacement - after - what to ask your doctor

What to ask your doctor after hip or knee replacement; Hip replacement - after - what to ask your doctor; Knee replacement - after - what to ask your doctor; Hip arthroplasty - after - what to ask your doctor; Knee arthroplasty - after - what to ask your doctor

You had surgery to get a new hip or knee joint while you were in the hospital.

Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your new joint.

Questions

How long will I need to use crutches or a walker after I go home?

Will I have pain medicines when I go home? How should I take them?

Will I need to take blood thinners when I go home? How long would it be?

What exercises can or should I do after surgery?

How can I get my home ready before I even go to the hospital?

What are the signs that something is wrong with my new hip or knee?

How do I take care of my surgical wound?

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References

Harkness JW, Crockarell JR. Arthroplasty of the hip. In: Azar FM, Beaty JH, Canale ST, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 3.

Mihalko WM. Arthroplasty of the knee. In: Azar FM, Beaty JH, Canale ST, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 7.

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Review Date: 3/17/2019  

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