Your hip joint contains a layer of smooth cartilage on the ball of the upper thigh bone (femur) and another layer of cartilage in the hip socket. The cartilage acts as a cushion and allows smooth hip motion.
Arthritis causes a gradual wearing down of this cartilage until there’s none left. Every time you move, it’s bone rubbing against bone without the pillow of cartilage to ease your movement.
The arthritic ball of your upper thigh bone, as well as the damaged cartilage from your hip socket, is removed.
Results from a total hip replacement vary depending on:
If you are considering hip replacement surgery, be sure to speak to your physician about the potential benefits and risks associated with surgery.
That's between you and your surgeon. Your doctor can help you determine whether you're a good candidate for this kind of surgery. Advanced age is not necessarily a concern if you are in reasonably good health and wish to continue living an active life.
With hip replacement surgery, complications are infrequent, but a couple can occur occasionally:
To avoid infection, use the antiseptic wash that is given to you prior to surgery. Also proper hand washing is essential. Antibiotics are given before and after surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
Blood thinners will be given to you postoperatively to prevent blood clots. Special compression devices are used in the hospital to reduce the risk of blood clots as well.
Normally you will be hospitalized for two to three days. After the hospital stay you will need therapy either at home or in an inpatient facility for an additional week or two. Our team will design a rehabilitation plan that is designed to fit your specific needs.
After hip replacement surgery, you’re advised to avoid high-impact activities, such as:
Other restrictions may include:
The simple answer is “yes” to both. The number of physical therapy sessions you’ll need varies for by individual, but exercise must be a lifetime commitment. Your surgeon and physical therapist will design a program to specifically meet your needs.
A walker, cane or crutches may be used for about two to four weeks. Our qualified staff will take care of any equipment needs you may have prior to discharge from the hospital on an individual basis.
Some other devices you may need: