Reducing Risks of Infection in Your New Joint
To reduce your risk of infection, antibiotics may need to be administered prior to any invasive test, procedure or surgery. The physician or surgeon performing the test, procedure, or surgery should prescribe antibiotics if indicated.
Some of the exercises, like ankle pumps, can also be performed should you need to sit for long periods of time. If travelling within 2 weeks of your surgery, you should wear your calf compression pumps.
Because your new artificial joint contains metal components, you will likely set off the security systems at airports or shopping malls. This is normal and should not cause concern. We will provide you with a Domestic Medical Tourism Card to minimize your inconvenience.
Exercises and Activity
Exercise and maintaining an active lifestyle are important parts of health. Most patients with artificial joints are able to enjoy many activities, though some should be avoided. In general, high impact exercises, like running, jumping, heavy weight lifting, or contact sports, are not recommended. Participating in these activities, or activities like them, may damage your joint or cause it to wear down much more quickly. Low impact activities like swimming, walking, gardening, and golf are encouraged. You may kneel on your new knee without damaging it; however, it will likely feel uncomfortable.
When Can I Drive After Outpatient Joint Replacement?
Following most routine outpatient left lower leg (hip or knee) replacements, patients can drive when they are off narcotics during the day and when they feel comfortable getting in and out of the car. For right lower extremity (hip or knee) replacements, patients are discouraged from driving for up to six weeks.
When Can I Do Stairs?
You will be able to do stairs prior to being released from the suites. We routinely would recommend doing one flight of stairs a day until your strength and stamina returns back to where you feel like doing more than flight.
Will I Need Someone to Stay With Me At Home?
Yes, at least for the first 24-48 hours after you return to your home. It is always considered best to have someone their helping you. After that point, you should be independent enough to allow your family or friends to not be with you throughout the day.
Following your joint replacement surgery, it is important to notify your dentist that you have a joint implant. It is essential that you obtain a prescription from your dentist for a prophylactic antibiotic to be taken PRIOR to any dental cleaning or procedure for the rest of your life. You will need to remind your dentist before every scheduled appointment in the future of this requirement in order to reduce the risk of developing an infection in your joint.