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How long will it take to recover after my total hip replacement?

Most patients are able to perform a majority of their daily activities without much difficulty within 4-6 weeks after surgery. By 3 months, most patients will have experienced a full recovery and will be participating in activities without restriction.

How long will it take to recover after my total knee replacement?

Most patients are able to perform a majority of their daily activities without much difficulty within 6-8 weeks after surgery. However, it can take some patients 6-12 months to experience a full recovery.

When can I resume driving after my surgery?

Most patients are able to return to driving about 4 weeks after surgery. You must be off of narcotic pain medications, and able to safely enter and exit your vehicle.

Will I set off the scanners at the airports after my total joint replacement? Do I need to carry a special card at the airport identifying myself as a total joint patient?

Many orthopaedic implants will set off metal detectors at airports and other venues, however, you do not need to carry around special documentation for this reason. It is a good idea to inform the screening agent that you have a joint replacement prior to being screened.

Can I run or jog after a total joint replacement?

Once you have healed and successfully recovered from surgery you are able to make the personal decision regarding return to running or jogging. From a mechanical standpoint, your hip or knee should allow for running or jogging, however, you need to understand that stressful, repetitive activities on your replaced joint can increase the rate of wear and tear on the implants.

When can I safely resume sexual activity after a total joint replacement?

You can resume sexual activity at any time after surgery once your tissues have healed, as long as you are able to abide by any prescribed precautions.