Hip Replacement

A hip replacement entails the surgeon removing the painful hip joint and replacing it with artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components.

About the Surgery

A hip replacement surgery is usually is done when all other treatment options have failed to provide adequate pain relief. The procedure should relieve a painful hip joint, making walking easier.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of hip arthritis. It results in wearing away of normally smooth cartilage until bare bone is exposed. A hip replacement entails the surgeon removing the painful hip joint and replacing it with artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components.

  • Hip or groin pain, that interferes with your daily activities 
  • ?Stiffness in the hip and unable to wear footwear by bending down.
  • Unable to walk even the normal distance as usual.
  • Cannot stand on your problem leg for longer than a minute – even with the support .
  • Smoking can delay wound healing and slow down the recovery period, so stop smoking at least 1 week prior to the surgery.?
  • Lose weight if you need to.
  • Do conditioning exercises as prescribed to strengthen muscles.
  • Based on your health condition, your healthcare provider may order other specific tests or exams.

  • Hip replacement procedure starts by making a incision near hip and move the muscles connected to the top of the thigh bone to expose the hip joint.?- The ball portion of the joint is removed by cutting the thigh bone with a saw. 
  • An artificial joint is attached to the thigh bone using either cement or a special material that allows the remaining bone to attach to the new joint.
  • After removing any damaged cartilage , replacement socket part is attached to the hipbone.
  • The new ball part of the thighbone is then inserted into the socket part of the hip.
  • A drain may be put in to help drain any fluid. The doctor then reattaches the muscles and closes the incision.

  • Physical therapy usually begins the day after surgery and within days you can walk with a walker, crutches, or a cane.
  • Continuous physical therapy is recommended for months post surgery
  • Sit in a firm, straight-back chair. Recliners should not be used.
  • Use an elevated toilet seat.
  • Keep enthusiastic pets away until you have healed completely.
  • Keep stair climbing to a minimum

  • Blood clots, Infections and bleedings ?- Legs may not be of equal length after the surgery.
  • You must be careful not to cross your legs or not to sit too low because the joint may be dislocated.
  • Pieces of fat in the bone marrow may become loose, enter the bloodstream and get into the lungs, which can cause very serious breathing - problems.
  • Nerves in the hip area may be injured from swelling or pressure and can cause some numbness.
  • The replacement parts may become loose, break, or become infected.
  • Need for revision or additional hip surgery.

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You will start recovering from hip replacement surgery in stages. Initially, you will need to take bed rest for few days. Then you will have to undergo physiotherapy for 3 weeks to 3 months. After physiotherapy, you will have to do exercises to strengthen muscles in order to decrease the load on your hip joints. With proper recovery, you can go back to your normal life.
During the surgery, you will be under anaesthesia, so you won’t experience any pain. After the surgery, the surgeon will prescribe medicine to manage the pain.
Yes, just like any other joint replacement surgery, Hip replacement surgery is major surgery.
If you have the following signs, then you may need to consult a doctor. If necessary, the doctor will suggest for a hip replacement. 1. Pain during activity. 2. Delayed hip pain. 3. Pain which will interrupt sleep. 4. Bone on Bone arthritis. 5. You might find your hip joint stiff. 6. When you see your hip, you might notice some changes with your naked eye. 7. lifestyle limitations.
If you recover properly then you will be able to walk and climb normally after the surgery.
After hip replacement surgery, you will have to take rest in bed for a couple of days. Then you will have to go physiotherapy for 3 weeks to 3 months. Then you should do exercises that will strengthen your muscles around the hips. After proper recovery, you will be able to get back to your regular life.

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