Are you avoiding joint replacement surgery? We’re here to provide answers to some of the most common myths our surgeons hear from patients.
“My leg will be longer or shorter after surgery!”
Fact: No, this isn’t the case with total knee replacements. Your surgeon will balance your knee replacement using ligaments, which do not change in length. There may be minor changes to the alignment of your knee joint making it appear straighter if you were previously out of alignment, but leg length will not change.
“A joint replacement will only last me 10 years.”
Fact: This varies depending on the patient, but knee replacement implants are very strong and durable. With today’s advancements in technology, especially when it comes to polyethylene, knee implants are lasting more than 15-20 years for most patients.
“I am too young/old for joint replacement.”
Fact: There is no set age cutoff or age requirement for joint replacement surgery as each patient’s case is different. With advanced implant systems and most implants lasting roughly 20 years, younger patients can also benefit from this procedure. Older patients, as long as they are in good health, can also withstand a joint replacement. Our surgeons have seen many successful joint replacement procedures in both young and older patients.
“I will set off the metal detector at the airport!”
Fact: This is not always the case – sometimes your new joint, which typically has several different types of metals in it, can set off the metal detector. Just tell TSA that you have had one of your joints replaced and they will wand you and get you on your way.
“I won’t be able to be active anymore.”
Fact: Actually, it’s the exact opposite! Our goal is to get you back to your favorite activities pain-free. After about 4-6 weeks of recovery time, most are able to get back to low-impact activities such as cycling, swimming, walking, or hiking. It is not recommended to participate in high-impact sports for total hip and knee replacements, but every case is different. Discuss your options with your surgeon.
Don’t just take our word for it – listen to our joint replacement patients yourself! Click here to watch our patient’s success stories: Patient Stories
We’ve also put together a free guide to help you better understand joint replacement preparation, surgery, and recovery. If joint replacement surgery is the best solution for you, The Center’s orthopedic surgeons and support staff are ready to help you prepare for surgery and plan for a successful recovery.