Hip replacement surgery involves replacing the hip joint with a prosthetic implant. The surgery can be performed either as a total replacement (hip arthroplasty) or a half replacement (hemiarthroplasty hip). This hip surgery is generally conducted to relieve arthritis pain or repair severe joint damage.
Hip replacement surgery, or hip arthroplasty, is performed on the hip joint when painful symptoms can no longer be controlled with medication or other non-operative treatments. The hip joint prosthesis consists of ball and socket components that are biocompatible, meaning they are designed to be accepted by the body. Following surgery, Hip arthroplasty can relieve pain and restore a full range of motion to the hip joint. Replacement of the hip is currently one of the most commonly performed orthopedic procedures.
Our orthopedic surgeons at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills are leading experts in their field and formulate individualized treatment plans for patients with all different types of hip conditions. Patients who opt to visit our world-renowned facilities receive an unparalleled quality of service and care. They also benefit from our knowledge and expertise in the very latest hip surgery procedures.
The Surgical Procedure
Prior to hip arthroplasty, the surgeon will place the patient under either general anesthesia or regional anesthesia. The surgeon may also recommend that antibiotics be taken to avoid risk of infection. During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision into the hip area and remove the damaged parts of the hip joint. They will be replaced with a prosthesis made up of a stem that goes into the femur, the ball and fits into the stem, and a cup that fits into the socket of the hip joint. When the procedure is complete, the incision will be closed with stitches or surgical staples and a sterile dressing will be applied.
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Recovery from Hip Arthroplasty
After hip surgery, the patient will require antibiotics for about a day and medicines to control pain and prevent blood clots will be provided. In general, most patients will be able to get out of bed with help on the day after surgery. Rehabilitation after surgery will depend on the intricacies of the surgery and how much weight the patient is able to put on their leg. A physical therapist will teach the patient how to walk, exercise and do other daily activities while they heal. It may be necessary to use a walker or crutches for several weeks after surgery. Total rehabilitation will take at least 6 months.
Hip Replacement Surgery FAQ
Q: What can I do about soreness after hip replacement procedure?
A: You can place a cold pack on your hip and decrease activity. However, it is important not to stop activity altogether.
Q: How soon after the hip replacement procedure can I drive a car?
A: Your doctor will most likely allow you to drive an automatic car 6 to 8 weeks after hip replacement surgery, as long you are no longer taking pain medicine.
Q: How soon after hip replacement surgery can I have sex?
A: Most people will be able to have sex about 4 to 6 weeks after a replacement of the hip. Talk to your doctor about what will be safest for you and ask your physical therapist what positions will put the least stress on your new hip joint.
Q: How often will I have to see the doctor in the years after surgery?
A: Your doctor will probably want to see you at least once a year to monitor your health and replacement of the hip.
Contact a La Peer Health Systems Orthopedic Surgeon
La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills boasts some of the most renowned orthopedic surgeons in the country. We utilize the latest and most effective procedures when operating on patient hips. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented orthopedic surgeons, call (888) 760-3378 or fill out our contact form.
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