Hip Replacement Surgery; When You Need It And How It Works?

  November 30th 2019    
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Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which a doctor removes a painful hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint which is often made from metal and plastic components. Generally it is done when all other treatment options have failed to provide adequate pain relief. The procedure relieves a painful hip joint and makes walking easier.

Why it is done?

Conditions that require hip replacement surgery include:
Osteoarthritis which damages the slick cartilage that covers the ends of bones and helps joints move smoothly.
Rheumatoid arthritis which produces inflammation that can erode cartilage and occasionally resulting in damaged and deformed joints.
Osteonecrosis is a condition which causes inadequate blood supply to the ball portion of the hip joint. As a result the bone may collapse and deform.
You can also consider hip replacement surgery if you’re experiencing hip pain that:
• Persists, despite pain medication
• Worsens when you walk even with a cane or walker
• Interferes with your sleep
• Affects your ability to go up or down stairs
• Makes difficult to rise up from a seated position

Procedure of the surgery

To perform a hip replacement surgery, surgeon will
• Makes an incision first, over the front or side of your hip, through the layers of tissue.
• Then removes damaged and diseased bone and cartilage, leaving healthy bone intact.
• After that he will implants the prosthetic socket into your pelvic bone in order to replace the damaged socket.
• Replaces the round ball on the top of the femur with the prosthetic ball, which is attached to a stem that fits into your thighbone

Activities you should avoid after hip replacement surgery

After six to 12 months of hip replacement surgery, pivoting or twisting on the involved leg should be avoided. Also try not to cross the involved leg past the midline of the body nor turn the involved leg inward and you should avoid bending the hip past 90 degrees.
Physical therapy begins usually the day after surgery and within days you can walk with a walker, crutches, or a cane. Physical therapy continues for weeks to months following the surgery.

Complications of hip replacement

Any surgery can have some complications. Some possible complications associated with hip replacement surgery may include the following;
• Blood clots in the legs or lungs
• Bleeding
• Dislocation
• Infection
• Nerve injury that causes weakness, numbness, or both
• Need for revision or additional hip surgery
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