To get ready, you should work with your healthcare provider to be sure you can handle anesthesia. Have dental problems fixed before surgery to lower the risk for infection. Any health problems should be addressed before surgery.
Total joint replacement usually involves a 2-day or 3-day hospital stay. Many hip and knee patients can walk the next day using a walker. You'll likely be released from the hospital on the third or fourth day. But you'll need time to heal.
At first, you may need items like crutches or a walker after hip replacement. Within a few months, you should be able to return to most of your normal daily activities without help. You may still need physical therapy.
After shoulder replacement surgery, you can start shoulder exercises with someone else moving the joint for you. Three to 6 weeks after surgery, you'll do exercises a therapist gives you. In time, you'll start to stretch and strengthen your shoulder so you can get back to normal use with far less pain than you had before the surgery.
Recovery from joint replacement surgery may involve some pain for 2 to 3 months. But it's often a different type of pain and will improve as you get better.