If you’re considering a hip replacement but want to get some more information before committing to the procedure, here are some quick facts to help you make a decision. First and foremost, hip replacement surgery is now a very common procedure with minimal risks. We’ve performed countless successful operations and of our patients have gained a better quality of life.
Any time hip replacement surgery is considered, we first want to exhaust all other treatment options if possible. Such treatments may include physical therapy and injections to alleviate pain. However, if the hip joint is too worn out, surgery will be the only option.
What exactly is a hip replacement? Well, there are two techniques often used to repair a worn out hip joint. The first is called resurfacing, which allows us to keep the femoral head in place by capping it with a smooth metal covering. The socket may be replaced with a metal shell. The second technique is a full replacement, which requires us to replace the head of the femur and the hip socket.
What You Need to Know about Hip Surgery and Recovery
Advances in hip surgery in the last decade have significantly minimized scarring associated with the procedure. Most procedures are completed with muscle sparing techniques and computer-guided assistance. The time it takes to perform the surgery has also been reduced, providing patients with added relief before heading into the operating room.
Going under is always a concern for patients, but hip replacements are now done with minimal anesthetic care. A local shot of anesthesia around the hip reduces how much anesthesia is required, eliminates the use of intubation, and helps with pain tremendously.
Our patients are encouraged to start walking around the day after surgery. It is important to get the muscles working again as quickly as possible. Once everything looks good, patients are typically discharged from the hospital on the second or third day after surgery. Full recovery is often achieved within six months.
Today’s joint replacements have a less than 1% failure rate. As stated before, there are very few risks involved and the actual procedure has become quite minimal. Physical therapy and your rehabilitation team will be crucial to recovery. We understand this is a quick recap of hip replacement surgery, and if you would like more information, we encourage you to contact us (352-556-4823) and make an appointment so we can answer all of your questions.
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