FAQ

Q: When can I drive after knee replacement surgery?
A: You may drive after 3 weeks when you have your left knee replaced. It will be 4 weeks if your right knee is replaced.

Q: When can I drive after hip replacement surgery?
A: You may drive after 3 weeks for a left hip. You can drive 4 weeks after surgery when your right hip is replaced and when you are off crutches/walker and are off all narcotic pain medications.

Q: When can I return to work after knee replacement surgery?
A: You will be off work from 6-12 weeks depending on the type of work you do.

Q: When can I return to work after hip replacement surgery?
A: You can return to work anywhere between 6 and 12 weeks depending in the type of work you do.

Q: What is the typical recovery time for knee replacements?
A: This varies with the individual patient but it will probably be 6-12 months before you can walk increasing distance and bend your knee without pain. You’ll notice improvement each month over the next two years. By two years after surgery, many patients can’t tell the difference between their artificial and their natural knee.

Q: What is the typical recovery time for a hip replacement surgery?
A: It varies with each patient but it will probably be 6-12 months before you can walk up to a mile without pain, carry heavy items or twist without discomfort. However you should always remember that this is not the hip you were born with – while it may feel great at one month, one year or five years, it is still something that should continuously be treated with care.

Q: How long will I be in the hospital after knee replacement?
A: The expected stay is 2-3 days in the hospital.

Q: How long will I be in the hospital after a hip replacement?
A: The expected stay is 2-3 days in the hospital.

Q: How long will I be in the hospital after shoulder surgery?
A: Most shoulder surgery is done on an outpatient – one day surgery basis. This means you will go home the same day. Shoulder replacement patients may stay in the hospital 1-2 days after surgery.

Q: Is all arthroscopic surgery done as an outpatient – same day surgery?
A: Yes, all arthroscopic procedures are done as same day outpatient surgeries.

Q: When is it OK to have sex after hip or knee replacement?
A: You may resume sexual activity 3-4 weeks after surgery. Be more passive in the beginning. Let pain be your guide.

Q: Will my insurance company cover the cost of my procedure?
A: Before you make an appointment with the Kennedy Center you should check with your insurance company to make sure that both the Kennedy Center and Mercy Medical Center are in your preferred provider network. Once your surgery is scheduled, our office will do any pre-authorization or pre-certification that is required by your insurance company.