Hip replacement or complete hip replacement is a surgical orthopaedic procedure to change the hip’s articulation using an artificial devise (prosthesis) to restore joint movement.
All patients who undergo hip replacement must be aware of pre and post-surgery requirements.
This orthopedic surgery is usually performed in older patients. It is not recommended for younger ones because of the tension the artificial hip receives.
Some reasons to consider hip replacement are:
- Pain in the hip that does not respond to traditional treatment (AINE non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs during six or more months).
- Osteoarthritis or hip arthritis diagnosed through radiography.
- Incapacity to work, sleep or move around due to pain.
- Loose hip prosthesis.
- Some hip fractures.
- Tumors in the hip articulation.
This surgery is not advised on the following cases:
- Current hip infection.
- Lack of enough tissue covering hip.
- Quad muscles paralysis.
Severe disease in the leg and feet’s blood vessels ( Peripheral Vascular Diseases)
- Nervous disease (neuropathy) that affects the hip.
- Severe mental dysfunction.
- Serious physical condition (terminal disease such as when there is metastasis).
- Morbid obesity (over 136 k or 300 pounds).
Hospitalization – Orthopedic surgery to perform hip replacements requires you to stay at the hospital for 3 days.
Time – Surgery takes approximately 3 hours.