If you or your loved one is facing hip replacement surgery, you probably have a number of questions. Learning the facts about your upcoming hip replacement can help you feel more comfortable in your decision and eliminate some anxiety about such a significant surgery. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding hip replacement.
What Is a Hip Replacement Surgery?
The goals of hip replacement, or arthroplasty, are to improve mobility, relieve pain and restore joint function to the hip. During your procedure, the surgeon removes the diseased bone tissue and cartilage from the hip joint and leaves the healthy parts of the hip intact. Next the surgeon replaces the head of the femur (the ball) and the acetabulum (the socket) with new, artificial parts. The new hip is made of materials that allow a natural, gliding motion of the joint. You can expect your surgery to last about 2 to 3 hours.
Who Should Have a Hip Replacement?
The most common reason that people need hip replacement surgery is when their hip joint has worn down from osteoarthritis. Other conditions that require someone to have a hip replacement are: rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis (loss of bone caused by insufficient blood supply), injury, and bone tumors. Often times, a hip replacement is suggested after other alternative treatments have been exhausted or failed.
What Are the Alternatives for Hip Replacement?
If you are experiencing hip problems, your doctor is likely to try non-surgical therapies first, such as medication (NSAIDS or cortisteriods) and/or physical therapy. If persistent pain occurs or improved function does not result with these therapies, your doctor may also suggest a less complex surgery called osteotomy. Osteotomy is surgical repositioning of the joint.
What Increases The Success of Hip Replacement?
The success of your surgery largely depends on factors such as your overall health, activity level and age. People with severe muscle weakness, have high risk for infections or those in poor health are less likely to have a successful hip replacement.
How Long Does Recovery Last?
Typically, patients spend no more than 10 days in the hospital following their hip replacement surgery. Your recovery, however, will include diligent physical therapy and will take about 3 to 6 months, depending on the type of surgery, the overall health of the patient, and the success of rehabilitation.
If you have more questions regarding hip replacement surgery and your physical therapy needs after the procedure, please call Manhattan Sports Therapy. We have what it takes to help you recover better and faster.