Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to donate blood for the surgery?

No, we no longer require you to donate blood for the surgery.

Should I try to lose weight before surgery?

Yes. If you are overweight, losing weight before surgery can decrease the risk of complications during surgery. In addition, rehabilitation and physical therapy will be easier and you can progress more rapidly if you are at a healthy weight. Consult your primary care provider before starting a diet program.

When can I return to work?

This depends on the type of work you do. A walking or support cane may be required for four weeks after surgery. Many times, part-time work is recommended at first. Every person is different in terms of recovery rate and rehabilitation, so returning to work really depends on you, your recovery, and the type of work you do.

How long should I wait before returning to sexual activity?

Most people can return to sexual activity when they feel ready. Maintain any precautions as outlined by your physical therapist.

Will I become addicted to my pain medications?

It is uncommon for people to become addicted to pain medications following surgery. Most people will be off ALL pain medications within 2-3 months following surgery.

What is the best way to take care of my joint replacement?

Follow any surgical precautions that are outlined by your orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist. Working on strengthening and walking is key to a successful recovery. For knee replacements, work consistently on range of motion exercises. In addition, keeping your weight as close to your ideal body weight will reduce wear on your new joint.

Can I return to sporting activities and/or hobbies?

After joint replacement surgery, you should be able to return to walking, hiking, bowling, golf, horseback riding, hunting, and most of the other activities that people in Oregon enjoy. However, strenuous, high-impact activities such as running and aggressive skiing should be avoided.

Dangerous activities after surgery:
jogging • running • contact sports • jumping sports • high-impact aerobics

Activities to be done with caution after surgery:
vigorous walking/hiking • skiing • tennis • repetitive lifting of more than 75 lbs. •repetitive aerobic stair climbing

Expected activities after surgery:
recreational walking • swimming • golf • driving • light hiking • recreational biking • ballroom dancing • normal stair climbing