Total hip replacement is a surgical procedure where the worn out surfaces of the hip are replaced with man-made components. Over time, cartilage that cushions the bones can wear away, cause pain and discomfort, and make simple pleasures like walking and shopping unbearable. Hip replacement can reduce or eliminate pain, allow easier movement and get you back to life.
Who is a candidate for total hip replacement?
Hip replacement surgery may be considered for individuals suffering from arthritic hip pain that severely limits daily activities. It is only recommended after careful examination and diagnosis of your particular joint problem, and only after more conservative measures such as exercise, physical therapy and medications have proven ineffective.
What kind of hip implant is best?
There are many kinds and designs of hip implants available today, and no one design or type is best for every patient. Surgeons select the implant they believe is best for their patient's needs based on a number of factors including age, activity level, the implant's track record, and his or her comfort with the instruments associated with the particular implant. If you have questions regarding implants, your surgeon will be happy to answer them for you.
How long will I be in the hospital?
With improvements in surgical techniques and post-op care, it is now common for many patients to be able to go home from the hospital after one to two days. Of course, each patient is different, but the goal should be for you to recover in the comfort and privacy of your own home as soon as possible.
How long is the recovery period?
Recovery can vary from person to person, but most people will need to use an ambulation aid such as a walker for 4 weeks or so. Most people will be able to go straight home from the hospital, though some patients, particularly those that live alone, may need to spend a few days at a rehab center or nursing home. Keep in mind that healing and recovery times can vary.
How much does total hip replacement hurt?
You will experience some discomfort after surgery, but be assured we will do everything we can to keep you as comfortable as possible. Pain after hip replacement surgery varies from person to person, and not entirely predictable, but modern medications and improved anesthetic techniques greatly enhance our ability to control pain and discomfort after surgery.
What if I have other questions?
Just give us a call. We'll be happy to answer any questions. And be sure to ask us about our upcoming seminars on knee and hip pain - we'd love to see you!