4 Things to Know About Joint Replacement

Joint replacement surgery has become a common and effective solution for individuals suffering from chronic joint pain and limited mobility. Whether it’s a knee or hip replacement, understanding the key aspects of the procedure and the recovery process is crucial when you are considering undergoing joint replacement surgery. In this article, we’ll explore the four most important things to know about joint replacement.

1) Preparation is Key

Before undergoing joint replacement surgery, thorough preparation is essential. This involves discussions with your orthopedic surgeon about your medical history, lifestyle, and expectations. It may also mean preparing your home to make it easier and safer for you to get around after surgery. Additionally, pre-operative exercises and a healthy lifestyle may contribute significantly to a smoother recovery. Understanding the entire process from pre-op assessments to post-op rehabilitation will empower you to make informed decisions and actively participate in your recovery.

If your joint replacement is done at OrthoSouth, you will also take a joint replacement class, during which you’ll learn everything you need to know about pre-op and recovery to ensure your comfortable rehabilitation after the surgery. While your surgeon and care team will be proactive about going over all aspects of the surgery with you, you should feel free to ask questions and request more detailed explanations at any time.

2) Rehabilitation Plays a Vital Role

Post-surgery rehabilitation is a key component of a successful joint replacement. Physical therapy and exercises tailored to your condition will aid in regaining strength, flexibility, and mobility. It’s important to follow the rehabilitation plan diligently, attending all scheduled sessions and incorporating prescribed exercises into your daily routine. Consistent effort during the recovery phase significantly influences the long-term success of the joint replacement.

OrthoSouth rehabilitation specialists start working with joint replacement patients immediately after surgery with the goal of optimizing recovery time and getting you back to your life.

3) Realistic Expectations Are Crucial

While joint replacement surgery can provide remarkable improvements in pain relief and functionality, it’s important to have realistic expectations. Complete recovery can take time, and initially, and some level of discomfort is expected with any surgery. Understanding the timeline for recovery, potential limitations, and setting realistic goals will contribute to a more positive and successful outcome. Patience is key, and open communication with your healthcare team will help manage expectations throughout the process.

Your OrthoSouth provider will ask you about your goals and expectations before referring you for joint replacement surgery – it is important to be able to match any treatment plan with your specific goals, as well as health and medical needs.

4) Long-Term Care and Maintenance

Joint replacement is not just a one-time fix; it requires ongoing care and attention. Regular follow-up appointments with your orthopedic surgeon are very important to monitor the implant’s performance and address any concerns or changes. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a proper weight, and incorporating joint-friendly activities into your routine will contribute to the long-term success of the joint replacement. Throughout the process, you will learn about the potential signs of complications and when to seek medical attention. Your care team will be available to provide help and support along the way.


Joint replacement surgery can be a life-changing solution for individuals suffering from chronic joint pain. By being well-prepared, understanding the importance of rehabilitation, choosing the right implant, setting realistic expectations, and committing to long-term maintenance, individuals can enhance their chances of a successful and lasting procedure.

If you are considering joint replacement, we invite you to schedule your consult with an joint replacement specialist by calling 901.641.3000 today.