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Delayed Joint Replacement? 4 Tips for Home Care

Dane Hansen, D.O., one of Summit Orthopedics’ arthritis and joint replacement experts, shares key steps you can take at home when your joint replacement or follow-up is delayed due to COVID-19.

Here at Summit Orthopedics, we are very aware of the hardship that our patients our enduring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The restriction of elective surgery has forced many of you to postpone joint replacement procedures designed to improve your chronic pain and mobility. Also, there are many of you that recently underwent joint replacement and have much more limited access to care and physical therapy than typical. “Please know,” said Dr. Dane Hansen, arthritis and joint replacement specialist, “That we are thinking of you constantly, and are working on every possible way to keep you connected and get you the care you need.”

Delayed joint replacement surgery

For those who have had your surgery delayed, here are some tips from Dr. Hansen for managing your pain and symptoms, as well as ways to optimize yourself for the best surgical outcome:

Try a video visit for follow-up care

“For the safety of our community, we are limiting clinical contact as much as possible, but please remember that we are always available when needed in several ways,” said Dr. Hansen.

Ways to connect with us:

Recovery tips while you wait for follow-up:

When to seek treatment for your arthritis

Arthritis doesn’t have to spell the end of an active life. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms or persistent pain, the renowned arthritis specialists at Summit Orthopedics can help. We work with you to confirm a diagnosis and develop an appropriate conservative treatment plan. If nonsurgical treatments fail to support your lifestyle goals, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons will consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options. Summit is home to innovative joint replacement options. Our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of a select few nationally to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

Start your journey to healthier joints. Find your arthritis expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MNVadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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Portions of this blog were taken from the website of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.