Hip Replacement Surgeon Questions and Answers
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What is a hip replacement?
Hip replacement, also referred to as hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to address hip pain. The hip joint consists of a ball at the top of the femur, also known as the thigh bone, and a socket in the pelvis, also known as the hip bone. Hip replacement surgery involves the replacement of one or both parts with artificial implants. The purpose of hip replacement surgery is to allow you to resume daily activities and exercise, with less pain.
Who can benefit from a hip replacement?
If you have moderate to severe arthritis in your hip, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis, these conditions interfere with quality of life and cause pain. People ages 50 to 80 make up the majority of hip replacement surgeries, however, total hip replacements have been successfully performed on people of all ages. Elderly patients with degenerative arthritis are most common, however, juvenile arthritis does affect young people and teenagers as well, and they have benefited from hip replacement surgery.
What are some signs that you may need a hip replacement?
If you have significant pain, inflammation and damage to your hip joint, your doctor may recommend hip replacement due to conditions such as a sports injury (like a hip fracture), osteoarthritis, which is the most common reason for hip replacement, rheumatoid arthritis, Osteonecrosis (avascular necrosis), or a hip joint tumor.
It may be time for hip replacement when your quality of life suffers due to hip pain.
Quality of life is in decline if:
- Pain results from an inability to get restful sleep.
- Simple tasks such as getting dressed or climbing stairs are more difficult.
- You can no longer participate in the activities you enjoy.
Your doctor may recommend other treatments as well, like medication for pain or inflammation, using a walker, physical therapy, or joint injections. Hip replacement surgery may be necessary to restore function and improve quality of life, if these measures do not relieve pain and stiffness. Hip replacement surgery can provide significant, and dramatic reduction in pain with almost all patients receiving complete, or near complete relief from hip pain. The next noticeable result is an increase in mobility, and getting back to walking without assistance.
What is hip replacement surgery recovery time?
Age, nutrition, pre-existing conditions, as well as health and lifestyle are all factors that determine recovery time from hip replacement surgery. On average, recovery from hip replacement surgery is commonly around two to four weeks. Following surgery, it is best to avoid heavy lifting, extreme movements or sports that pose a risk of falling, like skiing or horseback riding. Everyone does recover differently, and it is possible to return to office-based work, or resume light activities after about six weeks, although a few more weeks of recovery might be necessary if your job involves heavy lifting. The first day after surgery, your biggest accomplishment may just be getting out of bed and making it down the hallway, but that is no reason to feel discouraged because moving around as much as you can will not only speed up recovery time, but will also help to increase circulation to your legs and feet, reducing any risk of a blood clot. If the prosthetic hip is not cemented into place, four to six weeks will likely be necessary to allow the femur bone to grow into the implant, before you’ll be able to put full weight on the hip, and walk without crutches. At The Spine and Orthopedic Institute, our highly skilled, and knowledgeable team of orthopedic surgeons and healthcare professionals take your orthopedic health and wellness seriously. We take great pride in providing our patients with a wide variety of services, from knee pain treatment to minimally invasive surgical procedures. To book an appointment, call our medical center, or visit our website for more information, or for directions to The Spine and Orthopedic Institute, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. We serve patients from Medina OH, Middleburg Heights OH, Akron OH, Parma OH, and Wellington OH.