Total joint replacement surgery is recommended for patients who do not find relief from more conservative measures like medication or therapy. After a total joint replacement, you can expect relief of joint pain, improvement of a limp or deformity, improved range of motion and increased capacity for physical activity.
Many patients now undergo total joint replacement surgery at outpatient surgical facilities. If you are not a candidate for an outpatient facility, your operation will be scheduled at Spectrum Health’s Center for Joint Replacement at Blodgett Hospital where your hospital stay will be 1-3 days. You can expect to walk with a walker on the day of surgery. Physical and occupational therapists will work closely with you to develop a rehabilitation program to speed your recovery. Within 1-2 weeks, you can expect independent mobility. For most patients, a total joint replacement will last 20+ years.
Research has shown that education contributes to better outcomes and less anxiety about a surgery. We will recommend you attend the Total Joint Education class prior to your surgery. This class will review all aspects of the joint replacement operation from scheduling to recovery.