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Hip Replacement

What should I consider before hip replacement surgery

A worn-out or damaged hip joint causes pain and, therefore, a limited range of motion in terms of joint stability.

Conditions that are responsible for damage to the hip joint include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fractured hip
  • Arthritic sepsis
  • Bone disease-causing irregular bone growth

Before you decide to undergo hip replacement surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon will perform a thorough evaluation to check that it is the best option for you and that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. The procedure generally takes two hours, and your orthopaedic surgeon will explain the details of the hip replacement surgery to you before you are scheduled for the procedure. It is important to note that post-operative rehabilitation is a very important part of the process.

What should I know after hip replacement surgery?

After the hip replacement surgery is complete, it is quite likely that you will need to see a physiotherapist and possibly an occupational therapist. They will help you to understand any limitations or precautions you need to take while you recover. After the hip surgery, you will receive 24 hours of antibiotics – this is to decrease the risk of infection. You will also be given some pain medication directly after the procedure in order to relieve any discomfort. You will also receive precautionary measures for blood clotting within your veins – also known as DVT.

It is important to remember that it can take time for you to recover from your hip replacement surgery properly, and you will not be fully mobile immediately after the procedure is complete. Therefore, it is essential that you give yourself adequate time to heal properly. You may need to request assistance from family during your recovery at home over the initial few weeks. Your recovery time will depend very much on how complicated the hip surgery was, and your doctor will advise you on the best recovery plan for your unique needs.


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