Hip Replacement Surgery and Recovery


Authored by Ceetee Sheckels in Health 
Published on 11-26-2009

Hip replacement surgery and recovery may sound like difficult, scary prospects. The fact is that it can be a blessing to the person who undergoes the process.

Hip replacement surgery may be recommended for a number of reasons. Birth defects which affected the hip, and accidents or injuries which caused serious damage to the hip, are a couple of the reasons. However, arthritis is one of the most common reasons for hip replacement surgery; and the severity of arthritis which point to surgery as the most viable solution can occur at any age.

As many people who undergo hip replacement surgery due to arthritis are older people, there are some relevant factors which should be addressed. First, in many cases where a person would greatly benefit from surgery, he refrains from checking into the possibility because either he or his family members believe that it is not suitable for an older person. This is a mistake. If you, your parent, or grandparent is in reasonably good health, hip replacement surgery can be the best option. When a person is free from the pain of arthritis, he will have a much better quality of life; he will also be able to enjoy life much more.

The second age-related factor is recovery. Older people can usually expect a longer period of healing time, even if they are otherwise healthy. If the person is strong and motivated, this factor should not deter him from having the procedure.

There are currently two basic types of hip surgery. While surgery which involves aiding the natural joint with metal parts can be helpful to those whose problem is due to damage to the joint, total replacement surgery is the method preferred for arthritic conditions. Total hip replacement surgery consists of the natural joint being replaced by an artificial substitute. When the joint is replaced, he will no longer have the pain associated with inflammation.

While total hip replacement surgery only takes a couple of hours, there is preparation which needs to take place prior to the surgery. Although your physician is the only one who can direct you to exactly what is needed for your particular situation, refraining from dental work which could cause bacteria to enter your system, and making sure your doctor knows of any medications you are taking are essential factors.

Recovering from hip replacement surgery can lead to unnecessary problems and complications if you do not follow your doctor’s recommendations. One point which you should be aware of well in advance is that you will be needing help after you get home. You should be prepared to rest and take it easy, and not attempt to resume your usual activities until your doctor says it is safe for you to do so.

The length of time you will spend in the hospital after your surgery depends on your physical condition. Most people should expect to spend a couple of days in the hospital. While part of this is to give your body the chance to begin healing, it is also for the purpose of helping you to learn how to function with your artificial hip. A physical therapist will show you how to exercise properly, and advise you of how to continue with this routine after you return home.


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