Replacing the knee joint involves a surgical procedure usually used to resurface a knee that has been damaged by arthritis when other treatments can’t help. The goal is to relieve pain in the knee and improve mobility. Metal or plastic pieces are used on the ends of the bones that make up the knee joint and the kneecap. Knee joint replacement is usually only used when someone has severe arthritis or a severe knee injury.
Most hip joint replacements are performed on people between the ages of 50 and 80. These surgeries are usually performed when arthritis has become too painful in the hip and has broken down cartilage causing bones rub against each other. A hip replacement may be used for rheumatoid arthritis; traumatic arthritis; or osteoarthritis. Hip replacements can also be used for other health conditions such as tumor growth or to repair a fracture.
If a joint replacement operation has been performed on the right leg, hip or knee, it is recommended that you wait at least four to six weeks before driving. You should also wait until after you have stopped taking any pain medications that could impede your driving ability. Replacements that are done on the left side need to take special considerations when driving with an automatic transmission. Usually, after four to six weeks you can drive with a pillow on the seat for support. Also, take special care to make sure you can safely get into and out of the car.
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