Hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which a painful hip joint is replaced by an artificial prosthetic implant to relieve the pain.
Depending on the damaged section, surgery can be Total Hip Replacement (THR) or Partial Hip Replacement surgery.
In total hip replacement, both the ball and the socket of the hip joint are replaced with implants made of different elements including metal, plastic and ceramic components. Total hip replacement surgery provides better mobility to the patients and puts an end to severe hip pain.
Partial hip replacementinvolves the replacement of only the femoral head (ball) of the hip joint. The socket of the joint is not replaced.
The surgeon will recommend the following
Stop taking certain medicines
X-ray and MRI
Losing the extra weight helps you speed up the recovery after the surgery
The surgeon will examine movement of hip joint and strength of muscles. Since hip replacement surgery causes some blood loss, the patients will be asked to manage blood donation sources.
Movement after the surgery will be restricted, hence the surgeon will recommend to arrange for the suitable devices for assitance.
After the surgery, to prevent clotting of blood the surgeon will encourage the patient to walk with assistance. The patient may be asked to wear compression stockings to keep pressure on the hip. Blood thinners will be prescribed.
Usually the patients can resume their work after 6 to 12 weeks of surgery.
The surgeon will advise the following for early recovery:
Take small steps while walking
Sit with your legs open and avoid crossing them over each other in order to reduce the pressure and pain
Use raised chairs and toilet seats for easing the pressure over the hips
Avoid engaging in activities that involve bending your hip more than 90°
Do no twist your hips and avoid indulging in strenuous activities
Avoid alcohol consumption
Total Hip replacement is also known as hip arthroplasty and partial hip replacement is also known as hip hemiarthroplasty.
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