What to Expect with Joint Replacement

An artificial joint lasts about 15 to 20 years, depending on your activity level. If the new joint allows you to return to activities that place stress on the joint (running, tennis, etc.) and you are fairly young at the time of joint replacement, a second joint replacement may become necessary later in your life.

You can expect to have some immediate pain after your joint is replaced, with pain lasting up to two weeks after surgery. Once the initial pain from surgery decreases, you should also notice a significant improvement with your joint. As healing progresses you will continue to meet improvement milestones with overall recovery lasting about two months.   

If you require more than one joint replacement, it’s preferable to replace one at a time. However, we might choose to replace more than one at the same time, depending on your individual needs.

Call 866-GUTHRIE (866-488-4743) today to make an appointment.

Advanced Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery at Guthrie

We now offer the option of anterior hip replacements for patients in Corning N.Y., and Sayre, Pa. The anterior approach procedure allows your surgeon to work between the muscles and tendons, which helps you heal faster with less pain and long-term results. Most patients who choose the anterior approach are discharged from the hospital sooner (most discharges are same or next day), have fewer activity restrictions after surgery, and experience faster recovery.

Guthrie is a leader in joint replacement volumes and offers both the Conformis knee replacement solution as well as Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for:

  • Total and partial knee replacement
  • Anterior and posterior hip replacement

The Conformis knee replacement solution, available at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center, utilizes your individual CT scan data to manufacture a knee replacement implant designed specifically for you. Compared to other options on the market, you’ll experience less pain, more stability after surgery, faster healing and long-term effectiveness.

With the Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery, joint replacement is elevated to a new level of accuracy and precision through a personalized surgical plan made specifically for you. It is the latest advancement in joint replacement surgery and has been proven to help patients return quicker to daily activities with shorter recovery times and a more natural feeling joint.

You and your doctor will discuss which option is best for your care plan. To schedule an appointment, call 866-GUTHRIE (866-488-4743.)

Joint Replacement at Guthrie

Our team has performed more joint replacement surgeries than any other provider in our 12-county region. If you are experiencing hip or knee pain our specialists will give you the advanced care you need.

In 1999, Guthrie developed an inpatient rehabilitation program called Joint Camp. The program focuses on group rehabilitation, which creates a foundation for a more solid and faster recovery. It originally focused on knee and hip joint replacement patients but has since grown to include other joint replacement surgery support and strives to provide patients with the best possible care.

Our orthopedic specialists are here to help you get back to doing the things that you love, with most patients discharged in 2-3 days. You don’t have to live with joint pain. Make an appointment by calling 866-GUTHRIE