How much pain will I have after total joint replacement surgery?
The postoperative pain is temporary and resolves within a few days. Recovery after a total joint replacement varies and is different for each individual.
The majority of patients feel temporary pain around the replaced joint, and this is due to the weakness in the surrounding muscles resulting from inactivity. The pain usually resolves gradually once your body gets adjusted to the new joint and tissues heal.
Every patient reacts differently to total joint replacement surgery, depending on their health condition and the complexity of the procedure. Postoperative joint pain, which is part of the natural healing process, also fluctuates and can have several causes:
Your doctor will advise you on how to use the replaced joint after a short observation period. Following your surgeon’s instructions is essential to speed up your recovery.
Recommendations and restrictions after a total joint replacement surgery
During the immediate postoperative period, you will be able to do most of the activities of daily living. Still, you have to take care of and avoid the activities that exert excessive stress on your newly replaced joint. Generally, the following precautions need to be taken while you stay active:
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