Post-operative Rehabilitation Period for Hip Replacement
Hip replacement is a very successful surgical operation where various parts of the hip joint, including the hip tendon, are replaced by artificial prosthetic limbs (implants). Hip replacement surgery is carried out based on an incision in the hip. Most patients only have a complete hip replacement, whereas for some others a partial hip replacement (pleurectomy/decortication) might be appropriate. Hip replacement cost is dependent on many factors. The hip replacement cost can be affected by the age of the patient, his general health and the type of hip replacement surgery he undergoes.
Risks and Complications
The procedure itself is quite complex and takes a while to be completed. It also involves the use of several surgical instruments and surgical techniques. Complications that can occur in total hip replacement surgery include infection, blood clotting, nerve damage, clotting disorders, paralysis, and hip fractures. These complications can be avoided by taking good care of one’s hip replacement surgery and following the surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully. Follow-up care is important to prevent any of these complications from occurring.
There is also a risk of getting infected in hip replacement surgery through improper hygiene. Proper handwashing is essential to avoid contamination of the wound and other parts of the body that can come into contact with the surgical site. Washing of hands is also essential so as not to spread germs to other parts of the body. The surgeon would recommend daily use of antiseptic after the surgery, to prevent contamination.
There is also a risk of acquiring arthralgia or joint pain after hip replacement surgery. This is due to the lack of flexibility of the hip joints after the hip replacement surgery. Patients are usually given pain medications to alleviate the pain, but it has been found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are not very effective in the case of hip replacement recovery. This is because the hip replacement recovery does not involve the use of drugs that specifically target pain relief. Patients need to consult with the hip replacement surgeons and their physiatrists about alternative medications or non-drug therapy options that can be used for hip replacement pain relief.
Hip replacement surgery also involves the removal of bone spurs or bone adhesions that cause problems with the hip movement. These spurs prevent the hip from straightening out and also hinder its natural healing process. The hip replacement surgeons would usually recommend the total hip replacement or partial hip replacement depending on the extent of the hip deformity. In the total hip replacement surgery, the hip is replaced with an artificial hip that looks like the real hip.
After hip replacement surgery, the weight of the patient will change because he will need to modify his daily activities to accommodate the altered hip socket position. The weight shift is temporary and will go away after several weeks. A new socket may have to be made to get the patient’s weight back into the right place. This is where the surgeon’s experience comes in handy.
The use of a hip replacement surgery with a posterior approach requires smaller incisions and a shorter time for healing. This approach is also more beneficial for people who are not at all flexible or limber. The use of a hip replacement with a posterior approach has the surgeon making several incisions in the hip joint and then a smaller muscle-sparing hip replacement implant is placed into place. This procedure allows the surgeon to make one larger incision and insert the smaller muscle-sparing hip replacement.
As with any type of surgery, hip replacement procedures will result in a post-operative rehabilitation period. In most cases, patients can resume normal activities immediately following hip replacement surgery. However, the patient must take responsibility to do so. Limiting one’s activities and avoiding activities that might cause pain is necessary to ensure that the patient recovers fully from hip replacement surgery.