- What awaits me after prosthetic surgery?
- Surgery is usually performed with local anesthesia for elderly patients. Post- operative pain is controlled with medication. When no problem develops after prosthesis surgery, patients usually start walking the next day and are discharged on the third day after surgery. The patient continues to walk and exercise with a walker inside the house.
- What should I pay attention to after prosthesis surgery?
- Lie down with a pillow between your legs for six weeks after the operation.
- Do not sit on low seats and chairs.
- Do not put your leg on your other leg/Do not cross your legs.
- Do not turn over by pushing all your weight onto your operated leg.
- While Sitting or standing don’t bend yourself if you want to pick something from the floor.
- Do not crouch on the ground.
- Be very careful while walking to avoid falling and bumping.
- Do your prayer by sitting on a chair.
- Use a squat toilet, get a toilet riser if needed.
- Pay close attention to foot and nail care to avoid infection.
- Can MRI be performed after the operation?
- Most modern prostheses are made of MRI compatible metals. For this reason, there is no problem in performing MRI of areas except for the operation area.
- What are the possible problems to be encountered?
- In patients who are candidates for arthroplasty surgery, accompanying diseases with age may bring some risks for anesthesia and surgery. If there is an infection in any place before the surgery, it should be treated before the prosthesis surgery. Postoperative infection (inflammation) and clot formation in the veins are important. Your doctor will take the necessary measures to reduce these issues.
- Prostheses used in arthroplasty surgery can last up to 30 years. Successful results are obtained for patients with a well-applied prosthetic surgery. It is very important for the success of the surgery to inform the patients in detail before the prosthesis application for the patient's compliance with the recommendations.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mesut TAHTA
Orthopedics and Traumatology