Restoring Our Patients' Mobility
If you're experiencing joint pain or living with a faulty joint replacement, you don't have to wait to seek treatment. As the doctors of multiple professional sports teams, our specialists offer surgical and nonsurgical treatments that fit your needs, including minimally invasive options.
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Our surgeons use their expertise to provide you with quality care to get you back to health.
Catching the Right Wave to a Pain-Free Life
For people living with an injury, there's a moment when they cannot tolerate chronic pain any longer. For Linden Ashby, it happened in a parking lot.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following general information is based on questions often asked by patients and those who care for them. Speak with your doctor for specifics related to your condition.
Your surgery should take about two to three hours.
The normal hospital stay is one to two nights. Some patients are able to go home the same day as their surgery.
You should expect some pain with any surgery. We will work together as a team to control your pain. If we give you pain medication before your pain is too strong, you will need less pain medication.
Your surgeon's office will give you prescriptions for the medications you need, including pain medication and an anti-inflammatory medication to keep the swelling down. During your hospital stay, you will be given an antibiotic, pain medication as needed and the medications that you usually take at home.
Most patients start walking a few hours after surgery.
Most people start out using a walker in the hospital. You will go home with a walker, crutches or a cane. You will keep using the walker or crutches for about two weeks and then a cane for two to three weeks. You should be walking on your own by four to six weeks after surgery, but each patient is different.
Most—about 90 percent—of the healing and recovery will happen in the first three months. It will take 12 months for a full recovery. There will be a scar, but the size and how it looks will depend on the type of surgery you have and how your skin heals.
You should not drive while you are taking opioids to control your pain. Opioids slow down reaction time—for example, it takes longer to put on the brakes when you are driving. Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to start driving again.
You can start having sex again when you feel ready. Until you heal, let your partner do the work. Don't put pressure or weight on your new joint.
A blood clot can happen on either leg, even the one that did not have surgery. Signs of a blood clot include:
- Pain or tenderness in one or both calves
- Swelling or lump in one or both legs
- Redness at the surgical site (where your surgery was done)
Call your surgeon right away if you think you may have a blood clot.
Call your primary care provider if you have an upset stomach or vomiting, constipation or the following problems with peeing:
- Urgency (have to rush to the bathroom)
- Frequency (having to pee many times a day)
Use these resources as helpful quick links to begin your path to treatment and recovery.