A hip dislocation occurs when the thigh bone slips out of the hip bone socket. This happens when massive force is applied to the hip. Many dislocations occur during a fall, a car accident, or while engaging in a full-contact sporting event. These injuries are very painful and often leave the patient unable to move their leg. As a result, hip dislocation surgery is usually required for treatment.
A hip dislocation constitutes an orthopedic emergency and help should be obtained immediately. Such injuries often coincide with other injuries, including fractures in the pelvis and legs, and injuries to the back and head. At La Peer’s Hip Surgery Center of Excellence, our orthopedic surgeons formulate individualized treatment plans for patients with all different types of hip conditions. Our world-renowned facilities offer patients the very latest in minimally invasive hip surgery techniques.
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Hip Dislocation Treatments
One of the most popular hip dislocation treatment procedures is the closed reduction. A closed reduction procedure involves manipulation of the thigh and leg, with the end goal being the placement of the femur back in the hip socket. This treatment may also involve administration of pain medication, sedation, muscle relaxants, or anesthesia.
If a closed reduction doesn’t work, open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery may be required. ORIF surgery is a surgery to fix a broken bone in the hip. During this procedure, the broken femur is put back together using metal hardware. ORIF surgery may also require that an implant be used to replace the hip socket.
Recovery Process After Surgery
Most patients will be encouraged to start walking the first day after surgery. However, great caution should be taken because many of the complications associated with hip surgery occur when patients move around too soon after surgery.
Patients usually stay in the hospital for three to five days, but a full recovery will not be expected until two to three months down the road. Many doctors recommend that patients be placed in traction for a short period of time, followed by use of a passive motion machine. When patients no longer experience pain, they can begin walking with crutches. A short stay at a rehabilitation center may be required so that patients can learn exercises and how to safely do their daily activities.
Hip Dislocation Surgery FAQ
Q: Are there any factors that make me a higher risk for experiencing a hip dislocation?
A: Yes, these factors are as follows: an abnormal hip joint, alcoholism, and poor muscle control. All may lead to falling, and all increase the chances of experiencing a hip pain and a dislocation.
Q: How can I prevent a hip dislocation?
A: There are no guidelines to prevent this injury. You can reduce your risk by driving safely with your seatbelt on and wearing proper safety equipment when engaging in sports.
Q: What are the signs that I have experienced a hip dislocation?
A: If you have dislocated your hip, you will usually experience a very painful popping sensation in the hip joint.
Q: Can I eat before the surgery?
A: Generally, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. If your mouth feels dry, you can rinse it with water but be careful not to swallow.
Contact the Hip Surgery Center of Excellence
At the Hip Surgery Center of Excellence, we have some of the most renowned orthopedic surgeons in the country on our staff. We utilize the latest and most effective procedures when performing hip related surgeries. To schedule a consultation with one of our Beverly Hills surgeons, call (888) 760-3378 or fill out our contact form.
Additional information on hip dislocation can be found here at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
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