You may need a hip replacement when you have painful arthritis that can't be managed any other way. These joint replacement surgeries remove damaged tissue and give you a new hip joint, so they are effective at relieving pain and joint stiffness.
Hip joint replacement can be done in different ways, so your doctor will talk to you about the approach they'll take and what you can expect with recovery. Your general health and age factor into the type of treatment you receive. Here's a look at some options available for hip replacement surgery.
You Might Have An Outpatient Procedure
Some people are able to have an outpatient procedure and go home the same day they have surgery. Others require one or two nights in a hospital to recover. If you're in good health and have a support system to help you at home, your doctor may opt to do your joint replacement as an outpatient.
You Might Have A Choice In Anesthesia
A hip replacement can be done under general or spinal anesthesia. If you're having the procedure as an outpatient, your doctor might use spinal anesthesia so you aren't groggy after the surgery. However, you'll need help getting home no matter what type of anesthesia you have. The choice of anesthesia could also depend on other health conditions you have and your preferences.
You Might Have Both Hips Done At Once
If you need to have both hips joints replaced, your doctor might do one surgery at a time, or they may do both at once. To consider doing both at once, you'll probably need to be younger and in good health. Also, it's important that you have enough help at home since your mobility will be even more limited until you recover.
You May Have Prehab
Physical therapy is an important part of recovery from a hip replacement. Your doctor may want you to go to physical therapy for a couple of months after the surgery. However, it might be possible for you to do physical therapy at home instead of having to go to a clinic. To be successful, you have to be willing to keep up with your exercises and walking schedule.
Your doctor may send you to prehab so you can learn the exercises and rehab routine you need to do at home after your surgery. Your therapist might make a house visit or do a video call to follow up with you after your joint replacement surgery to make sure you're doing your exercises properly.Share
21 June 2022
As we age, our bones become more brittle and susceptible to breaking. Even the slightest fall can cause a hip to break and leave us paralyzed with pain. After a hip replacement, there are exercises that you should do. If you have recently had a hip replaced or know someone who has, this blog will help you find exercises and stretches that will help the hip to heal properly and quicker than it would if you did nothing more than the minimum. Hopefully, what I have learned will help you heal quickly and begin living your life as you did prior to the surgery.