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Follow Up Doctor Appointment

Follow-up visits are extremely important after joint replacement surgery so that the condition of your new implant can be monitored at scheduled intervals. Visits are scheduled for six weeks, three months, and annually after surgery. The same x-ray techniques are used at each visit, so that the x-rays can be properly compared to earlier x-rays and subtle changes identified.

If your sutures are in when you leave the hospital, you should make an appointment to return to your doctor’s office within one week of discharge to have them removed. If these were removed before you left the hospital, your doctor will need to see you in about six weeks.

The wound does not need to be covered, but if you like, you can cover it with a light gauze dressing. If there is drainage from the wound, it should be cleaned several times per day with peroxide and a fresh dressing applied.

Once you have had a total joint replacement, it is necessary for you to see your doctor every year for life. This is extremely important as it allows us to detect any problems that may occur at the earliest possible date. If you live out of state, or if you move, please let us know. We want to maintain contact with you and we can refer you to a physician in your area with expertise in total joint replacement.

You should always tell your dentist or physician that you have an artificial joint. Please take this booklet with you when you see your doctor or dentist in case he has questions about antibiotics.

Sections of the booklet

The History of Total Knee ReplacementThe History of Total Knee ReplacementThe History of Total Knee Replacement
When is Knee Replacement Necessary?When is Knee Replacement Necessary?When is Knee Replacement Necessary?
What is Total Knee Replacement?What is Total Knee Replacement?What is Total Knee Replacement?
Your EvaluationYour EvaluationYour Evaluation
Deciding on SurgeryDeciding on SurgeryDeciding on Surgery
Proceeding to Knee ReplacementProceeding to Knee ReplacementProceeding to Hip Replacement
What About Blood Donations?What About Blood Donations?What About Blood Donations?
Your Hospital AdmissionThe History of Your Hospital AdmissionThe History of TotYour Hospital Admission
Your Anesthesiologist Your Anesthesiologist Your Anesthesiologist
Vascular ImagingVascular Imaging Vascular Imaging
What is an Operative Permit?What is an Operative Permit? What is an Operative Permit?
The Day of Your SurgeryThe Day of Your Surgery The Day of Your Surgery
If You Experience PainIf You Experience PainIf You Experience Pain
Your Physical TherapyYour Physical Therapy Your Physical Therapy
Going Home After Total Joint ReplacementGoing Home After Total Joint Replacement Going Home After Total Joint Replacement
Follow Up Doctor AppointmentFollow Up Doctor AppointmentFollow Up Doctor Appointment
Infection PrecautionsInfection PrecautionsInfection Precautions
Resuming Normal ActivitiesResuming Normal ActivitiesResuming Normal Activities
In SummaryIn SummaryIn Summary
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