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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an appointment?

Either call our office or use the Request an Appointment tab on this website. Patients are usually seen in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Will I need to wait very long before seeing the doctor?

We make every effort to stay on schedule, however emergencies and unforeseen circumstances sometimes intervene to cause delays. At times, patients may require more than their allotted time to be treated completely and appropriately and we ask for your patience at such times.

How does your office handle payment?

Payment is expected at the time services are rendered unless prior arrangements have been made in advance. We accept cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard.

What is joint replacement surgery?

Joint replacement surgery is surgery performed to replace an arthritic or otherwise damaged joint with an artificial joint, also called a prosthesis. Over time, the rubbery material called cartilage that cushions the ends of bones and aids in movement, will wear away. This causes bones to rub together and in turn leads to stiffness and pain. Most people will undergo joint replacement surgery when they can no longer manage their pain with medication or other conservative types of treatments and the pain interferes with their daily activities and overall enjoyment of life.

Will I need to go to a rehabilitation facility after I am discharged from the hospital?

This depends on the complexity of your surgery, your insurance benefits, and the type of assistance you may have available to you at home when you are ready to be discharged from the hospital.

Following surgery, when will I be able to shower?

Dr. Berkowitz usually prefers to have patients take sponge baths until their surgical incision has healed. The rate of healing will be different for everyone, but generally ranges from about 3 to 10 days following surgery. However, if care is taken to protect the wound from getting wet; some patients may be able to shower earlier.

When will my sutures or staples come out?

Typically, Dr. Berkowitz does not use sutures or staples, but rather surgical glue to close incisions in order to reduce scarring. Accordingly, most patients do not need to make an office visit to have sutures or staples removed.

When can I resume driving?

The doctor's recommendation about how soon you can drive following surgery will differ for every patient. While patients often feel they can drive earlier than the doctor recommends, it is imperative that you wait until your response time has returned to what it was prior to surgery or you may be placing yourself and others on the road at risk.

How long will it be before I can return to work?

Again, the answer to this question can only be determined on an individualized basis and is dependent on things such as the complexity of the surgical procedure, your pain tolerance, rate of healing, and the demands of a particular job. If your job is sedentary (desk job), you may generally return to work as soon as you feel comfortable to do so. For jobs requiring significant walking, bending, carrying and lifting, it may take 4 to 6 weeks or longer before you can return to work.

Will I have to sleep on my back after surgery with a pillow between my legs?

Although it is usually preferred and recommended that patients sleep in this position after surgery for a period of time, it is not absolutely necessary in all cases. Some patients may be able to sleep on their side with a pillow between their legs.

When will I be able to engage in sexual activity following surgery?

Generally, you may resume sexual activity at approximately 6 weeks after surgery; however you must remain aware of the specific precautions regarding activity and movement given to you by your doctor to reduce the chances of joint dislocation.

What activities can I participate in after surgery and what must I avoid?

Once you are completely healed, you are advised to choose low-impact activities that do not pose risks to your artificial joint. Generally, we recommend activities such as walking, swimming, biking, and golfing and suggest that you avoid activities such as running, skiing, ice skating, and tennis. High impact activities can damage your prosthesis and lead to premature wear and to loosening. Similarly, activities that require twisting motions increase the risk of dislocation. The doctor will also advise you as to specific motions to avoid to prevent dislocation of and/or damage to the new artificial joint.

What happens if I have an emergency and need to contact the office?

For true emergencies, including life-threatening cases, always call 9-1-1 for help. If you have an emergency after office hours or on weekends, call the main office number and leave a message at the prompt for emergency messages; your call will be returned as soon as possible. If you find yourself in an emergency room, have the doctor attending to you contact the office to leave a message and Dr. Berkowitz will be contacted.

What do I do if I need a medication refill over the weekend?

Our office policy is that medications are only refilled Monday through Friday during normal business hours, 8:30am–4:30pm.