Joint Replacement

Additional Information

Who should consider joint replacement, and is it a common procedure?

Candidates for joint replacement experience chronic joint pain, most often from osteoarthritis. If pain interferes with your daily routine and non-surgical treatments are not providing relief, you should consider talking to a Nyack Hospital orthopedic surgeon about joint replacement surgery. Every year, over 500,000 people undergo joint replacement surgery to relieve pain and disability, and restore their independence and quality of life.

Am I too old for the surgery?

If you are in reasonably good health and want to continue living a productive, active life, age is not an issue.

Am I too young for the surgery?

Patients experiencing severe joint degeneration in middle adulthood are considering joint replacement in greater numbers than before. Advancements in materials and techniques have made surgery a more viable option for those who, even several years ago, would have waited until they were older.

How long will my new joint replacement last?

The lifespan of a prosthetic joint varies, depending on the individual and his/her lifestyle. While there are no guarantees that an implant will last for a specific length of time, today’s prosthetic knee joints commonly last between 10 and 15 years; hip joints, between 15 and 20 years.

How well do patients recover from the procedure?

Joint replacement patients typically recover quickly and are able to walk soon after surgery. In-hospital physical therapy typically begins the morning after the surgery. Most patients are hospitalized for three days after the procedure. Hip patients may need assistive equipment to help them perform activities of daily living while they adapt to their new joint.

Patients are discharged with daily physical therapy and visiting nurse follow-up in the comfort of their own home. For those with specific circumstances, a short stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility may be an option.

After joint replacement surgery, when will I be able to…

Drive? about 2 - 4 weeks
Dance? about 4 - 6 weeks
Golf? about 6 -12 weeks

What types of hip replacement are available at Nyack Hospital?

The most common type of hip replacement surgery is called posterior hip replacement. The surgeon makes an incision on the outer portion of the hip in order to access the hip joint. Recently, a procedure called anterior hip replacement has been gaining in popularity. In this approach, the surgeon makes an incision on the front of the hip joint. Both of these minimally invasive options are available at The Nyack Hospital Joint Replacement Center. The relative benefits of each approach should be discussed with your surgeon to decide which approach is right for you. Regardless of the approach used, your surgeon will use the least invasive approach to help you achieve a speedy recovery.

Can I have both knees replaced at the same time?

For some patient, both knees are degenerated to the point that they both need replacement. While some patients are candidates to have both knees replaced simultaneously, others will benefit from staged procedures. Both of these options are available at Nyack Hospital.

Do I really need a total knee replacement or can a partial knee replacement be performed?

Both Partial knee replacement and Total Knee replacement are available at The Nyack Hospital Joint Replacement Center. The decision for partial versus total replacement depends on the amount and location of the arthritis in your knee. This is usually determined by your surgeon based on the x-rays taken before scheduling your surgery. This is a very individualized decision and should be discussed with your surgeon.

Pain Management

Our anesthesiologists provide individualized care and are available throughout your hospitalization to make sure that you are kept as comfortable as possible. Advancements in pain management have made joint replacement considerably less uncomfortable than in the past. Advanced pain management techniques can block pain pathways before they're formed, reducing the post surgical pain. With less pain, patients can get moving faster often leading to a quicker recovery.