frequently asked questions
A total hip replacement is a procedure in which the surgeon removes a painful hip joint and inserts an artificial joint (prosthesis) specially designed for this purpose.
A total knee replacement is a procedure in which the surgeon removes a painful knee joint and replaces it with an artificial joint (prosthesis) that has been specially designed for this purpose.
Recovery varies with each person. You will use a walker for four weeks after the operation. Most people gradually increase their activities. Recovery:
30% > 1st week
60% to 70% > 1 month
100% > At least a year
As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications, but complications after knee or hip replacement are rare.
The possible complications include infections, blood clots, damage to nearby blood vessels, reactions to the anesthesia, and thigh pain, among others.
Knee or hip replacement is only recommended after careful diagnosis of your joint problem. Arthroscopic surgery is not helpful once arthritis is advanced. Also, it is not likely that anti-inflammatory drugs or cortisone injections will give you the same long-term relief as either knee or hip replacement.
Today most artificial joints last 15 to 20 years under normal wear, but they can wear out sooner if subjected to vigorous activity. When a joint wears out, loosens or develops a problem, it can be replaced in a joint revision.
This can be done.
Your hospital stay is dependent upon the surgery you have done and your recovery. The majority of the patients stay in the hospital 2 to 5 days.
Yes, Quill Orthopaedic has a Physiotherapy department located in the facility. If you are an inpatient, you may receive Physical Therapy from our therapists while you are still in the hospital. After your surgery your therapist will review your exercise program, continue working with you on your precautions, and suggest safety tips. If you’ve done your surgery at another hospital, our therapists will be glad to assist you to get the best result out of the procedure.
Most likely, yes. Current technology will detect these very often. We do offer cards to notify officials that you are a patient who has an implanted metallic device. However, these cards and other materials we provide can be easily counterfeited therefore most officials will disregard these and use the metal detecting wand over the site of the surgery to ensure that there is no other metallic device in that area other than the joint replacement.
There is no clear-cut answer to this question because insurance programs vary greatly with respect to services allowed. The patient is responsible for all fees, regardless of insurance coverage. It is customary to pay for medical services when they are rendered unless prior arrangements have been made. As a courtesy, we will bill your insurance company. The office staff will be happy to review your insurance coverage with you and answer any questions that you may have.
If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please contact our appointments department as soon as possible so we can give you a new appointment and give your old slot to another patient. Please contact 03-7727 0633.