Damaged hip inflicts severe ailment and makes regular mobility -walking, sitting, sleeping, climbing stairs, etc.- difficult for the patients. Over time without proper treatment, the situation worsens and can lead to permanent deformity in some cases. Patients with hip joint issues due to arthritis experience a long and excruciating pain in the area in combination with swelling, redness, and other associated problems. Medication (topical and drugs) can relieve the pain for a short time, however, cartilage tear, fracture, severe irreversible dislocation, etc. require a more adequate treatment process. Hip replacement surgery improves hip joint condition and helps restore its normal movement in such conditions.
About the Treatment
1. What is the Procedure?
To start with, the orthopedic surgeon makes small incisions, and a camera is inserted through one incision, while surgical probes through the other. The camera provides video on the screen for constant monitoring of the entir
Recovery data Hip joints are responsible for bearing the weight of your body and enable stability in performing several activities. So if you are going for a hip replacement surgery, the recovery period might stretch between 6-12 months depending on the recovery speed (which varies from person to person). However, to improve the motion of the treated area, you can resume mild physical activities (like walking and climbing stairs) after 6-12 weeks after the surgery.
Treatment Procedures & Success Rates Hip replacement surgery is generally performed on patients with complaints of osteoarthritis (both juvenile and degenerative arthritis), rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis, and hip diseases. Depending on the condition of damage, the orthopaedic surgeons will suggest a total hip replacement or a partial hip replacement (also known as hemiarthroplasty). Hip replacement regains stability to the hip joint, enabling free motion in patients having stiff joints, difficulty in walking/sitting, or taking support while continuing regular locomotion. It is completely safe and is operated via the arthroscopic procedure, meaning there will be less incision and you will be able to return home the very same day of the surgery. Success rates of hip replacement surgery are overwhelming, which is the reason that surgeons advise patients to go for this treatment. Nearly 90% of the patients who opted for hip replacement surgery experienced no/mild pain after about five years. Moreover, revision is possible if there is implant damage, loosening, or wear issues.
The major factor that speedsters recovery after hip replacement surgery is when the procedure is suitable for you. It is your orthopedic surgeons who will examine your medical conditions and analyze on certain points whether you are a suitable candidate to go for hip replacement surgery or not.
Patients with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. undergo a hip replacement treatment.
Traumatic hip injury (such as a fracture) inflicting pain and damage in the hip joint area require this treatment.
Patients with no relief from other hip treatment - both surgical and medication
However, your doctor might avoid hip replacement surgery if you have Parkinson’s disease (muscle weakness condition), patients with infection/illness, and in some cases, diabetic patients (severe form).
Certain risks might show up after the hip replacement arthroplasty, which is listed below.
There might be postoperative clots in veins. In such cases, the concerned doctor prescribes blood-thinning drugs to control further risk and break off the clot.
Patients might get mild infections after surgery; however, problems occur when the infection takes place inside the tissue. In most cases, it is treated with certain antibiotics. But if the infection is due to prosthetics, your doctor will consider removing it and replacing it with another.
In some cases, people might face dislocation of the treated metallic femoral head caused by loosening. This can be corrected by tightening and repositioning the femoral head.
Since hip replacement surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, it takes 1-2 hours to successfully remove the femoral bone and reattach a prosthesis in that place. If everything goes well after the surgery, patients are discharged after 3-5 days. However, depending on the type of surgical treatment (major or minor) you received, the hospital stay can increase simultaneously.
Patients with hip replacement surgery resume normal routine and might not require any revisioning for over 20 years. With the help of physiotherapy, you can continue living a normal life and regain stability to walk, climb stairs, etc. However, cycling or jumping is avoided after this surgery.
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