Hip Replacement Surgery 101

In Need of Hip Replacement Surgery?

Hip replacement surgery is a common major surgery that one might consider when they have run out of options for arthritis in the hip. Most orthopedic doctors prescribe hip replacement surgery for patients experiencing pain from hip arthritis that medicine and physical therapy won’t help. Most patients that are a candidate for hip surgery experience a stiffness and pain in the hip that is not curable by other non-surgical treatments. The hip pain can cause mobility issues including movements as simple as walking a few feet. This also includes pain while walking upstairs, crossing legs or even getting out of a chair.

Types of Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery involves different types of surgery. The most common type of hip replacement surgery is known as Total Hip Replacement. This type of hip replacement involves the surgeon approaching the back of the hip for better visibility. An implant is used to cup the bone and allow for the bone to grow onto the implant. There are various types of hip surgery. Types include the following:

  • Arthroscopy

  • Joint Resurfacing

  • Osteotomy

  • Synovectomy

  • Arthrodesis

  • Total Joint Replacement

  • Joint Revision

Preparing for Hip Replacement Surgery

There are a few things that are suggested by orthopedic surgeons to prepare for hip replacement surgery. The following are tips to follow when preparing for your hip surgery: Know what to expect. Make sure to ask your doctor or the surgeon any questions you may have as far as the actual surgery and the recovery process. Knowing all the details helps with any anxiety one might feel before hip replacement surgery. Make sure you have somebody who will be able to help you move around after surgery as well as getting home from surgery. It is best that you arrange ahead of time to have somebody stay with you after the surgery. Set up a “recovery area” in your home. This area may include a chair that will be easy to get in/out of as well as having everything you will need on one floor to avoid going up and down stairs. This will be the area you will spend most of your time during recovery. Stock up on all house and food items you will need. It will be difficult to move around and you will not be allowed to drive after surgery until you are cleared by your doctor.

Hip Replacement Recovery

Once your hip replacement surgery is complete, you will be moved to a recovery room. Here you will rest and start to feel the anesthesia wear off. Some hip replacement surgery patients stay at the hospital 3-4 days after surgery while others have been able to go home the same day. Any pain you experience during recovery will be treated with medication to make you comfortable. Physical therapy after hip replacement is always prescribed. You may feel weird moving joints after hip replacement surgery, so physical therapy helps you to loosen up any stiffness you might feel weeks after surgery. Physical therapy may be prescribed as much as 2 times/week or as little as once a week. Physical therapy is normally prescribed for 6-8 weeks. You want to make sure you are able to freely move about without causing any damage to the hip replacement implant.

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