Hip replacement surgery is a commonly performed type of orthopedic surgery intended to relive pain and improve mobility. It involves removing the damaged or diseased portions of the hip joint and replacing them with artificial joint components. Your best source of information about hip replacement surgery is your orthopedic doctor. When you consult your doctor, it can be helpful to write down a list of questions you have about the surgery, such as the following questions.
Is Hip Replacement Right for Me?
Only your doctor can tell you if you are a good candidate for hip replacement surgery. Your doctor will review your full medical history, evaluate your symptoms, and conduct an exam to determine if you’re a good candidate. In general; however, the patients who are typically good candidates for hip replacement have severely damaged or diseased joints that disrupt daily life. Good candidates have usually tried more conservative treatment measures, yet did not find sufficient relief. This surgery is ideal for those who are in good general health and likely to enjoy a successful rehabilitation.
What Can I Expect After the Surgery?
Immediately after your surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery room for monitoring while you awaken from the anesthesia. Then, you’ll be taken to a regular hospital room. You can expect the nurse to arrange pillows or other devices in a certain way to support the hip joint. You’ll receive pain medications to eliminate discomfort.
What Will Rehabilitation Be Like?
You’ll likely stay in the hospital for three to five days before being discharged to your home or a long-term care facility. However, your rehabilitation is likely to start the day after your surgery. A physical therapist will help you learn stretches and exercises to improve your flexibility, increase range of motion, and build strength. You’ll continue to work with a physical therapist throughout your recovery.
The orthopedists of South Bay Hospital are pleased to offer a new, advanced technique for hip replacement surgery known as the minimally invasive anterior approach. Residents of the Sun City Center area are invited to learn more about whether hip replacement might be right for them by making an appointment at our hospital. For general health questions, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1595.