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What To Expect For Your Hip Replacement

hipWhat is hip replacement?
It is a metal and plastic cover for raw, arthritic bone ends. It replaces cartilage that has worn away over the years. Hip replacement surgery can help relieve pain and get you back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.

Who should have hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery may be considered when arthritis limits your everyday activities such as walking and bending, when pain continues while resting, or stiffness in your hip limits your ability to move or lift your leg.

Is there an alternative to hip replacement?
Hip replacement may be recommended only after careful diagnosis of your joint problem. You may benefit from surgery only if you have little pain relief from anti-inflammatory drugs, you have harmful or unpleasant side efects from your hip medications, or other treatments such as physical therapy do not relieve hip pain.

How long is the hospital stay?
The typical hospital stay after hip replacement surgery is one to three days. Most hip replacement patients begin standing and walking with the help of a walking support and physical therapist the day after surgery. It is important to begin moving after surgery to get your blood flowing. This helps to prevent blood clots from forming in your legs, which can occur from lack of activity. Keep in mind that healing and recovery times vary with each person.

Are there complications?
As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications after hip replacement surgery. Blood clots are the most common complication after surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon may prescribe one or more measures to prevent blood clots from forming in your leg veins, such as special support hose, inflatable leg coverings and blood thinners.

How long is recuperation?
Recovery varies with each person. It is essential that you follow your orthopedic surgeon’s instructions regarding home care during the first few weeks after surgery, especially the exercise program you are prescribed. You should be able to resume most normal light activities of daily living within three to six weeks following the surgery. Some discomfort with acivity, and at night, is common for several weeks. While most people will gradually increase their activites and play golf, doubles tennis or bowl, you MAY be advised to avoid more active sports such as jogging, singles tennis and other high-impact sports.

What is the success rate?
Hip replacement is one of the most important surgical advances of this century. This surgery helps more than 250,000 Americans each year to relieve their pain and get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.

How can I learn more?
Call (616) 252-7306 today for more information.

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