Dr David A Fisher MD :: Preoperative Questions ::

Preoperative Questions

Preoperative Questions

1 :

How long after surgery will I be incapacitated?

You will be up standing with a walker or crutches the evening of or the morning after your surgery. Except for during your actual operation and recovery room time, you are not bedridden at any time.

2 :

How long will I be in the hospital?

Overnight one or two nights.

3 :

How long does the surgery take?

Joint replacement surgery takes 35 to 45 minutes. If you are having a revision, it may take an hour, possibly two in rare circumstances.

4 :

How many years are joint replacements
expected to last?

Research demonstrates that ten years after joint replacement, at least 95% of joints are in and working well. After 15 years, at least 90% of joints are in and working well. Many joint replacements last at least 15 or 20 years, some even longer.

5 :

Will I have to go to a nursing home? What about inpatient rehabilitation hospitals?

A great majority of patients are able to go directly home from the hospital. Your physical therapy will take place at an outpatient facility near your home. Less often, arrangements can be made for home physical therapy.

6 :

Will Dr. Fisher personally perform the surgery?


7 :

What are the long term restrictions after
joint replacement?

You may have some short term restrictions with weight bearing or motion for the first 6 weeks after surgery. Dr. Fisher will evaluate you and take x-rays about six weeks after your surgery. At that visit, you will be informed about any long term restrictions. Typically, the only restrictions you will have after your initial recovery period is no running or jumping or high impact activities and to avoid frequent heavy lifting, over 75 pounds. Other than that, you can walk as far as you want, ride a bike, go up and down stairs, swim, bowl, garden, play doubles tennis, golf, dance, etc.

8 :

What are the benefits of joint replacement surgery?

Benefits of joint replacement include relief of pain and increased mobility.