Living with joint replacement

1. Avoid infecting your joint replacement

To avoid infecting your joint replacement, make sure to:

  • keep your long-time diseases in control
  • treat all infections and ulcers properly
  • take good care of oral health
  • tell your dentist about your joint replacement

If you think your joint replacement might be infected, contact your health centre.

2. Exercise

Take care of your health by training your endurance, muscle strength, balance and mobility on a regular basis. You can go back to your previous hobbies.

Make sure to get at least 2.5 hours of moderate or 1.25 hours of vigorous endurance training a week. Divide it throughout the week. Good forms of endurance training include:

  • walking and Nordic walking
  • biking outdoors or on an exercise bike
  • aquatic sports
  • skiing
  • dancing
  • group exercise
  • outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting and berry-picking
  • housework and gardening

Practice your strength, balance and mobility at least two times a week. Good forms of exercise include:

  • going to the gym
  • gymnastics at home
  • aquatic sports
  • group exercise
  • dancing
  • stretching
  • walking on uneven ground

Keep in mind that high-impact sports and overweight may shorten the life span of your joint replacement.

3. Travelling by air

If you face any troubles during airport security checks, tell the staff about your joint replacement. You won’t need a certificate, all you need to do is inform the staff.