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Hip replacement is highly successful surgery in which portions of the hip joints are replaced with prosthesis (implants).
Hip replacement is the removal and replacement of portions of the pelvis and femur (thighbone) that form your hip joint. The ball is made of metal or ceramic and the socket is made up of plastic (polyethylene) or has plastic lining. In short, the hip joint used can be Metal-on-Polyethylene and Ceramic-on-Polyethylene. It is conducted primarily to relieve hip pain and stiffness caused by hip arthritis.
Do not bend the hips or knees further than 90 degrees, do not cross legs, and do not lift the leg to wear socks.
You need to take complete bed rest till first 4-6 weeks.
Here is a list of potential post-surgery complications:
Use pillows between your knees. Avoid sleeping on stomach, sleep on firm mattresses
Most hip replacement patients report being completely pain-free after 3-4 weeks,
additionally, 95% of hip replacement patients reported having less pain one year after
There are some complications during and after a hip replacement, which may include
infection at the incision site, bone fractures and hip dislocations. If you notice a fever,
drainage from the incision site, difficulty moving your hip or severe pain that is not
relieved by your medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Yes, healthy patients younger than 75 years old who have no history of cardiopulmonary
disease may be able to have both hips replaced at once.
Many insurance companies provide coverage for hip replacement surgeries after a period of few years. Our HospiOne Team can guide you perfectly in this scenario.
After hip replacement, try to sit in a straight back chair, avoid sofa, recliners or zero gravity chairs for first 6 weeks. Do not sit or sleep in recliners as it may cause hip stiffness. Also do not extend your hip or leg backwards for few weeks till recovery.
Most probably, your surgeon, your doctor, and therapist will evaluate the need of
assistive devices. To reduce falls, you might need a walker.
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