following are some frequently asked questions by joint replacement patients.
They are the most common, but if you have any additional questions, please
contact one of our staff at the Nebraska Joint Replacement Center at (308)
865-7170 or 1-877-632-2225.
- 1. Will I be able to tell that I have a joint prosthesis and will it
weigh a lot?
- The answer to both questions is no. The prosthesis used in joint
replacements weighs just slightly more than the bone and you will not able to
tell the difference. It can be compared to a filling in a tooth. Once it's put
in, you can't tell it's there.
- 2. What is a joint replacement prosthesis made of?
- Joint prostheses are made of titanium, cobalt chrome steel and
high-density polyethylene. The only uses for this particular density of
polyethylene are for total joint replacements and for use in the NASA space
- 3. Once I have a joint replacement surgery, will I set off the metal
detector alarm in an airport?
- The truth is, if you are very thin you may set off the metal detector in
an airport. When you have a joint replacement at the Nebraska Joint
Replacement Center, you are provided an official card to carry with you
stating that you have had a joint replacement procedure. This can be used in
the event of an incident at the airport, for example to clear up any confusion
that may arise.
- 4. How long will my prosthesis last?
- Under normal use, your hip or knee prosthesis should last 15 to 18
- 5. What limitations will I have with a joint replacement?
- Limitations vary with each individual patient, but you will be advised as
to what positions will be most comfortable for you, and what positions you
should avoid. There are two general guidelines to follow in terms of
- Let pain be your guide. If something you do feels uncomfortable, don't
- Use good judgment. If you think that something you might do could cause
a problem, use your best judgment and do what feels right.