Joint replacement surgery is considered major surgery. It typically requires a hospital stay of several days, and a recovery period of several weeks to months, depending on the type of joint and the overall health of the patient.
- During the surgery, the damaged joint is removed and the prosthesis is inserted, which is then secured in place with bone cement or press-fit.
- After the surgery, patients will go through a rehabilitation program to help them regain strength, range of motion, and function of the replaced joint.
- Joint replacement surgeries are generally safe and effective, but as with any major surgery, there are some risks involved.
- These include blood clots, infection, nerve damage, and implant failure.
- However, with the improvement in surgical techniques and materials, the risks have significantly decreased and the success rate has significantly increased.