Total hip replacement surgery is performed with the intention of reducing an individuals joint pain. A persons hips are a major aspect of their skeletal structure and overall balance. By having this surgery with Dr. Ian Brimhall, this will improve your quality of life. Joint and hip pain can lead to immense pain and difficulty with walking. To solve this health concern, in surgery, your hip joint is replaced with an artificial joint also know as prosthesis. This replicates the same function of your initial hip and restores mobility.
Benefits of hip replacement
If you are one of the many people suffering with hip pain, a total hip replacement surgery can change your life. Patients who have this orthopedic surgery experience:
- A reduction or complete stop from hip pain
- An increase in leg strength from your prosthesis
- An improvement in quality of life from being pain free
- More mobility leading to a happier daily life
Before Total Hip Replacement
The morning of your hip surgery, you will likely arrive at the hospital early. Once at the hospital, we will check your temperature, pulse, breathing, and blood pressure prior to surgery. Follow all of your surgeon’s instructions before surgery:
- Do not eat or drink 10 hours before surgery
- Speak to your provider about your medication
- Attempt to sleep as much as possible
- Make sure you have a driver after surgery
Hip replacement surgery procedure
You will be brought to the operating room once your surgeon and surgical team are ready. The anesthesia given will help you sleep through your hip replacement surgery. In the surgery, an incision is made, which allows your surgeon to access the hip joint. The damaged hip is removed, and the socket is prepared to hold the prosthesis. With the new joint in place, the incision is closed with a specific surgical glue.
Preparing the bone
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball is cut from the thighbone, and the surface of the old socket is smoothed. Then the new socket is put into the pelvis. The socket is usually press-fit and may be held in place with screws. A press-fit prosthesis has tiny pores on its surface that your bone will grow into. Cement or press-fit may be used to hold the ball-and-stem portion of the total hip replacement.
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Joining the new parts
The new hip stem is inserted into the head of your thighbone. After the stem is secure in the thighbone, the new ball and socket are joined. The stem of the prosthesis may be held with cement or press-fit. Your surgeon will choose the method that is best for you.
Hip Replacement Recovery
After the total hip replacement surgery, the patient is brought to the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit). Once you are fully awake, a nurse will move you to your room. Then they give you medications to lower your pain. An SCD (Sequential Compression Device) may be used to prevent blood clots by gently squeezing then releasing your legs. You may be given medication to prevent blood clots.
Our skilled orthopedic team will help you get up and moving after surgery. They know precisely what they’re doing and how to help you recover, heal, and get back to life in the fastest, safest way possible. You may also have physical therapy or occupational therapy after your hip replacement surgery.
After total hip replacement surgery, you will probably be hospitalized for one-to-three days. Recovery time varies following hip replacement surgery, but most people are able to drive after two weeks, garden after three-to-four weeks, and golf after six-to-eight weeks. Your hip doctor will tell you which activities you can return to, and when, and which activities you’ll need to avoid.
Risks and Complications
As with any surgery, hip replacement surgery does have potential risks. These complications could be:
- Blood clots
- Dislocation of the joint
- Prosthesis becomes loosened
- Damaging nearby blood vessels, nerves, or bones
- Thigh pain
- Bad reaction to anesthesia
When to call your Orthopedic Surgeon
After you are home safely, make sure to call your doctor if you experience these symptoms:
- An increase in hip pain
- Pain or swelling in a calf or leg
- Unusual redness, heat, or drainage at the incision site
- Fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius) or higher
- Trouble breathing or chest pain (call 911)