Total Hip Replacement
WHAT IS TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT?
Total Hip Replacement is a surgical procedure used to replace a worn or damaged hip. Once the damaged area is removed, a prosthetic hip ball and socket are surgically implanted.
REASON FOR THE PROCEDURE?
Over the course of many years, the hip cartilage may wear out, causing pain and loss of motion, function and fear of falling. If medications or steroid injections no longer help, surgery may be required. Arthritis, Osteoporosis or a fall resulting in a broken bone may also require a patient to have a Total Hip Replacement.
Total Hip Replacement is performed using minimally invasive techniques. It takes less than one hour and is relatively painless, allowing most patient’s to walk on the day of the surgery. Depending upon the extent of the damage and repair, surgery may be performed on an outpatient basis or require a one to three-day hospital stay. In many cases, a full recovery is achieved in six to eight weeks.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS, RISKS, AND COMPLICATIONS
Surgical side effects and risks may include an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, infection at the surgery site, nerve injury, blood clots and hip dislocation. Fortunately, all complications are rare. Hip replacements are made in the USA and designed to last 30 plus years.