How Do I Take Care of My New Joint Replacement?

The life of an artificial joint varies from patient to patient. Once you make the decision to have joint replacement surgery, it’s important to take care of it by avoiding certain activities.

Many factors contribute to an artificial joint’s longevity and can vary from patient to patient. Some of these factors include your physical condition, the health of the bone and soft tissue surrounding the implants, activity level, weight, adherence to your surgeons’ instructions, and the accuracy of the implant’s placement during surgery. Your results will depend on your personal circumstances. Individual results and complications will vary. It’s important to follow your surgeon's instructions.

Like the natural joint, how well the materials in an artificial joint withstand the wear and tear of everyday life contributes to how long the artificial joint will last. Talk with your doctor about the following points and how they might affect the longevity and success of your joint replacement.

Consult your surgeon before beginning any new sport or activity.

  • Repetitive heavy lifting
  • Excessive stair climbing
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Current health and activity level
  • "Impact-loading" sports such as jogging, downhill skiing, and high-impact aerobics
  • Physical activities involving quick stop-start motion, twisting, or impact stresses
  • Frequent kneeling
  • Low seating surfaces and chairs
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