The Ultimate Guide to Hip Replacement Surgery: What You Need to Know

The second most common joint replacement surgery is total hip replacement. It is used on hip joints that are arthritic, painful, or necrotic. Prostheses come in a variety of materials, including metal, plastic, and ceramic. Previously, cemented prostheses were used. Joint replacement surgeries improve the quality of life for patients who have been suffering from pain and have not found relief from non-surgical treatment options such as medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. With scientific advancement, the new joints very closely mimic the movement of normal, healthy joints.

What hip replacements have been recalled?

Hip replacement, also known as hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure used to relieve excruciating hip pain. The surgeon uses artificial implants to replace parts of the hip joint in THR. The hip joint is made up of a ball (on top of the femur/thigh bone) and a socket (in the pelvis/hip bone). Total hip replacement surgery includes the replacement of one or both parts to allow the patient to live a normal life and resume daily activities with minimal pain.
THR is performed on patients who have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Perthes disease or avascular necrosis, major hip fractures, or hip joint tumors.

What hip replacement issues after surgery?

Total hip replacement surgery takes approximately two hours. A partial hip replacement may take less time, while a bilateral hip replacement may take even longer.
After a hip replacement, one may experience significant post-operative pain, which can be managed with medications and physiotherapy.

Recovery from total hip replacement begins immediately. Patients are encouraged and instructed to get up and move around as soon as possible after surgery, under the supervision of a physiotherapist.

Physical therapy will be required for several weeks until patients regain muscle strength, range of motion, balance, and a healthy gait.

What hip replacement look like?

Doctors advise hip replacement patients to begin walking as soon as possible. Patients who have good outcomes can resume their normal routine activities within 3 to 6 weeks of surgery. After significant recovery, physiotherapists design a day-to-day treatment plan and prescribe home exercise plans.

What are the aftermates of hip replacement surgery?

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  • Infection in a joint or at the site of an incision.
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  • Leg length disparity (bullets icon).
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  • bullets symbol Pain or stiffness that persists.
  • bullets symbol The prosthesis is loosening or wearing out due to dislocation.
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Other risks may exist depending on the patient's current medical condition. Discuss any concerns you have with your doctor before the procedure.
Notify your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms following surgery:

  • High fever. bullets symbol Redness, swelling, bleeding, or other symptoms Increased pain at the site of the incision.
  • Leg swelling that is new or has increased.
  • Chest ache
  • Breathing difficulty
Rehabilitation after three days 

Following THR, patients are rehabilitated using protocols tailored to their specific needs.
Following hip replacement, some swelling and pain at the joint are normal. The following methods can be used to alleviate pain:

  • Take a break in between therapy sessions.
  • Ice the leg and the site of the incision.
  • Take anti-inflammatory medications as directed by your doctor.
  • Leg elevation above the level of the heart reduces swelling.
  • Follow your Physiotherapist's exercise program.
Are hip replacements safe?

Patients must take precautions to protect their newly implanted hips. These are Following THR, the following tips and precautions will increase the patient's comfort level and reduce the risk of dislocation and other injuries.

  • To reduce the risk of falling, use a walker or crutches. Walkers and canes also signal to strangers that the patient should be approached with caution.
  • Address your post-operative pain to improve compliance with your exercise regimen.
  • Reduce the number of trips up and down the stairs or into and out of the car.
  • Keep important items nearby, such as the TV remote control and your phone. 
  • Never bend your hips or knees more than 90 degrees.
  • You should not cross your legs.
Do not lift your leg to put on your shoes.bullets symbol Maintain muscle strength to keep the new joint in place by doing your physical therapy exercises on a regular basis.
Maintain regular contact with the surgeon.