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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