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Bone and joint problems aren’t just painful—they can keep you from leading a full and active life, too.

At Northwestern Center for Orthopedics, joint replacement surgery is our last line of treatment. It is reserved for when all other modes of treatment—including physical therapy and medications—have failed to produce desired results.

Who benefits from joint replacement surgery?

Many candidates for joint replacement surgery suffer from chronic, severe joint pain, stiffness, swelling, muscle weakness and limited mobility. Depending on the amount of damage, ordinary activities may become difficult. Our expert surgeons perform joint replacement surgery in order to eliminate joint pain, treat arthritis, correct deformities and restore mobility.

To know if surgery is right for you, schedule an evaluation with one of our highly trained and experienced physicians.

What does the process entail?

Most joint replacement surgeries at NCO require scheduling 2 months in advance. The most common type of joint replacement surgery performed at NCO is knee replacement. Surgery itself takes about 2 hours, or 3-4 hours if both knees are being replaced.

Knee replacement surgeries require a hospital stay of about 2-3 days for the surgery and immediate post-surgerical care.

What is recovery like?

During your post-operative period at the hospital, you will receive pain medication either orally, by vein injection or by spinal injection. You will also receive anticoagulation medicine to decrease your risk of developing a blood clot.

After being released from the hospital, patients either go home or to a rehabilitation facility, depending on their physical needs. Out-patient physical therapy begins three weeks after surgery and typically continues for about 2-6 months. Post-surgerical pain management includes anti-inflammatory and pain medications.

You should expect your full recovery to take about one year, but many patients experience complete relief in a shorter time period. Preexisting conditions, age and other factors can all play a role in the amount of time recovery takes.

To learn more about joint replacement surgery at NCO, call (312) 943-7850.

Pre-Surgery Instructions for Joint Replacement Surgery