What happens during Arthroplasty?

Arthroplasty usually requires a stay in a hospital. Procedures may vary depending on your condition and your healthcare provider’s practices.

Arthroplasty may be done while you are asleep under general anesthesia, or while you are awake under localized anesthesia. Your anesthesiologist will discuss this with you in advance.

Generally, Arthroplasty follows this process:

  1. You will be asked to remove clothing and will be given a gown to wear.
  2. An intravenous (IV) line may be started in your arm or hand.
  3. You will be positioned on the operating table in a manner that provides the best access to the joint being operated on.
  4. A urinary catheter may be inserted.
  5. If there is excessive hair at the surgical site, it may be shaved off.
  6. The anesthesiologist will continuously monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and blood oxygen level during the surgery.
  7. The skin over the surgical site will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution.
  8. The healthcare provider will make an incision in the area of the joint.
  9. The healthcare provider will repair or remove the damaged parts of the joint.
  10. The incision will be closed with stitches or surgical staples.
  11. A sterile bandage or dressing will be applied.