There are many reasons for a damaged hip including suffering from osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis or a fracture; however you don’t have to live with hip pain for the rest of your life. Total hip replacement surgery also known as Total Hip Arthroplasty almost always reduces joint pain. During this surgery your problem hip joint is replaced with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis.
Advancements in joint replacement surgery have resulted in the migration of the total hip joint procedures to the outpatient surgery center for patients who meet specific criteria. This option provides a significant cost savings to the patient as well as the insurance company while promoting high quality and safe care.
THE PROCEDURE: The procedure takes about 2-3 hours. You will be placed under general anesthesia and sleep through your surgery. The damaged joint is removed and replaced with a prosthesis or a new joint.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE: You will be given pain medication and an antibiotic to prevent infection. You will also be provided compression sleeves which are devices worn around the legs and inflate periodically to prevent blood clots. Patients are able to stand and walk within a few hours after surgery. At discharge, most patients will be walked across the hall to Physical Therapy and then go home from there.
Physical therapy (PT) is an important part of the recovery process. You will continue your therapy at home under the supervision of a physical therapist.
RECOVERY TIME: Most hip surgery patients can resume their normal activities within three to six months. Your surgeon will discuss this specifically with you.