For over a year, many elective surgeries were postponed as hospitals around the world focused on combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
But for patients suffering from painful arthritis, joint replacement surgery felt anything but “elective.” Now, it’s time to get back to what you love. If you’re considering joint replacement surgery, here are some questions you may want to ask your doctor:
Is it safe to have my surgery now?
What precautions are being taken to reduce my exposure to COVID-19?
Do I need to quarantine prior to surgery?
Can I bring a family member or friend?
How soon after getting the vaccine should I wait for surgery?
Do I need to wear a mask?
Are you a patient preparing for a joint replacement surgery?
Learn more from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons about the return of elective surgeries and COVID-19.
With any surgery, there are potential risks, and results will vary depending on the patient. Joint replacement surgery is not for everyone. Check with your physician to determine if you are a candidate for joint replacement surgery. Your physician will consider the risks and benefits associated with this procedure, as well as individual factors such as the cause of your condition, your age, height, weight and activity level.
The information contained within this website is for educational purposes only and is not providing medical advice. This information is not intended to replace the expert guidance of your orthopaedic surgeon. Please direct any questions or concerns you may have to your orthopaedic surgeon. Decisions concerning patient care and treatment should be made solely by your physician(s). With any surgery, there are potential risks and results will vary depending on the patient.