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Clinic Visit 3 Weeks Postoperatively

  • Will be seen by Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Can drive at 3-6 weeks, depending on pain medication needs
  • Stop taking Iron
  • Wound check and/or staples removed (knees), wound check for hips
  • Hip patients will have an x-ray taken
  • Oral pain medications as needed
  • Maintain hip precautions for total hip patients
  • Prescription given for outpatient Physical Therapy, if patient is not already in outpatient Physical Therapy

Clinic Visit 6 Weeks Postoperatively

  • Will be seen by Physician Assistant (PA) or Dr. Goldstein
  • All patients have an x-ray taken
  • Oral pain medications as needed
  • Discontinue hip precautions unless otherwise specified

Clinic Visit 12 Weeks Postoperatively

  • Will be seen by Physician Assistant or Dr. Goldstein
  • All patients have an x-ray taken

Further Follow-Up at 1 year Anniversary and then Every 2 Years thereafter Unless Patient is Having a Problem and Needs to be Seen Earlier

  • Will be seen by Physician Assistant (PA) or Dr. Goldstein
  • All patients will have an x-ray taken

 

Antibiotic Pre-Medication Information After Your Surgery

Once you have an artificial joint, it is especially important to prevent bacterial infection from settling in your joint implant. You should take antibiotics 1 hour before an invasive procedure whenever there is the possibility of bacteria entering your blood, such as when you have dental work and/or cleaning or have an invasive procedure that might spread bacteria into your blood stream.

Healthy patients should follow this guideline for 2 years after their total joint replacement. Patients at risk as described below should likely follow this for life. We recommend you consult your primary care physician if you are in doubt about your immune status.  

Be sure to notify your dentist or physician that you have a joint implant and contact Dr. Goldstein at 847-324-3913 for your first prescription for antibiotics to take 1 hour prior to the procedure.  You should contact your dentist or physician performing the procedure for subsequent prescriptions.

You are considered at risk for an infection if you have any of the following:

  • Immunosuppression
  • Inflammatory diseases such as Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • HIV
  • Smoking
  • Obesity

Antibiotic Pre-Medication Information SheetFor complete antibiotic recommendations for your dentist/physician, please download and print the Antibiotic Pre-Medication Information Sheet. (PDF)


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