Recovery Process For Hip Replacement Hip replacement surgery is the process where the damaged bone and cartilage of the hip-joint is replaced with implant through surgical procedures. During hip replacement surgery, hip surgeons replace the damaged ball and socket with an artificial cup socket. Hip replacement surgery is performed because of the worsening of arthritis of the hip-joint or traumatic injury. The most common type of arthritis that leads to total replacement of the hip-joint is degenerative arthritis.
Recovery process and time
After undergoing hip replacement, patients can get back to their normal routine within 2 months, with certain limitations. Patients can expect their lives to be almost the same as before, but it will be without any pain or discomfort. In order to have a successful outcome, patients are advised to follow the medications and prescribed exercises strictly. A person who has had hip replacement surgery can perform almost all the activities as before, but the only thing is that they need to be done in a different way. Patients are not supposed to do rigorous or tedious activities. Hip replacement is a major surgery and patients should take it easy for the first few days. It is very important to take part in some exercise programs immediately to counterbalance the effects of anesthesia and to keep the joint from freezing. Patients should take necessary precautions as well to avoid blood clotting in their leg veins.
During the initial stages of recovery, pain management is one of the essential things. It is very difficult to predict pain levels after hip surgery. Sometimes, the patient may feel abnormal pain, while sometimes; there is hardly any pain at all. Hence, it is very important for the patients to manage their pain in an effective manner. The patients are given pain killers and medications through IV for a few days. Patients should take necessary measures to prevent pains, as prevention is always better than a cure. Apart from pain medications, patients are also given blood thinners to prevent blood clots. The hip surgeon will visit patients one day after the surgery and familiarize the patients with their health conditions. It is important for the patient to get up as soon as possible after hip replacement surgery. Even if patients are in bed, they are advised to pedal the feet to make sure that adequate blood flows in the legs.
Discharge from hospital after hip surgery
Patients may stay in hospital for a period of two to four days depending on the recovery. One can also perform different skills which they can use easily at home. After getting discharged from the hospital, patients may need to receive help from a caregiver while walking and moving from one place to the other. It is important to keep the house clean. The dressing of the patient should be changed on a regular basis or as instructed by the doctor. All the medications should be taken regularly without fail. It is necessary to prevent bacterial infection and it is possible by taking proper diet and medications. Usually, patients are asked to follow a normal diet within a few days after surgery.
The hip surgeon or hip doctor may want the patients to visit the hospital at least once a year to monitor the hip replacement. People who have hip replacement surgery may have less pain compared to that of before the hip surgery.
Published on Feb 13, 2014
Hip replacement surgery is the process where the damaged bone and cartilage of the hip-joint is replaced with implant through surgical proce...