Different companies design and manufacture joint replacement systems and the instruments used to implant them. Some implants are designed to address special considerations such as weak or damaged muscles and ligaments, excessively damaged bone or abnormal bone formation. Surgeons should choose an implant system that they feel will give you the most satisfactory results.
Many factors determine how well your joint replacement will perform after surgery, including your health before surgery, following your surgeon’s instructions pre-op and post-op surgery, your weight, activity level, and your participation in physical therapy including moderate exercise after surgery.
When you walk, and your foot hits the ground, the bones in your legs help absorb the stress of the impact. This is a natural process that helps keep your bones healthy and strong. If you stop using your legs, your bones begin to thin out, and your muscles become very weak. Think of it as “use it or lose it.” Therefore, it is essential to maintain an active lifestyle, especially after total joint arthroplasty.