Hip arthroplasty, commonly called “total hip replacement surgery”, is a surgical procedure wherein the hip joint is replaced with an implant or prosthesis to relieve pain and restore mobility. It is a common orthopedic procedure, and with a fast ageing population, it is expected to become even more common in future. The orthopedic surgeons participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line are specialized in performing various types of orthopedic surgeries including hip replacement. Continuing on the subject, in this blog, we answer five commonly asked questions about total hip replacement surgery. Take a look.
1. Who is an ideal candidate for hip replacement?
Surgeons don’t recommend minimally invasive hip replacement to every patient. The decision is based on a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s health history and various other factors. In general, the ideal candidates for the procedure are otherwise healthy individuals who are younger and within a healthy weight range, and are inclined towards participating in the rehabilitation process. Individuals who have already undergone hip surgeries, have a hip joint deformity, or have any other health issue that may slow down the healing process are not considered ideal candidates for the procedure.
2. What preparation precedes a hip replacement surgery?
Once it is decided that hip replacement surgery is the most appropriate8 treatment option for a patient, the surgeon schedules a date for the procedure. That is followed by a pre-operative assessment that may include a number of pathological, physical, and electromagnetic tests. If a patient is on any medication, the surgeon informs the patient if they need to stop taking the medication, take a substitute, or change the dosage or timing. Patients will have the opportunity to participate in a joint replacement education class at the hospital, prior to their surgery date. In this class the patient will learn more about what to expect after surgery. In addition, some patients may be advised to see a physical or an occupational therapist to learn how to perform everyday tasks post-surgery.
3. What is the difference between traditional and minimally invasive hip replacement surgery?
In traditional hip replacement surgery, a single 10- to 12-inch incision is made on the side of the hip. The muscles are detached from the hip, the hip is rotated to give a full view of the hip to the surgeon. In minimally invasive surgery, generally one incision measuring 3 to 6 inches (or sometimes two smaller incisions) are made, and there is less cutting and opening involved of the tissue surrounding the hip. Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery typically results in less postoperative pain, requires a shorter hospital stay, and leaves a smaller scar compared to the traditional procedure.
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4. What is the recovery time for a minimally invasive hip replacement operation?
In traditional hip replacement surgery recovery time varies depending on the condition of the patient. In most cases, the patients get discharged within a couple of days. Some patients, however, may be allowed to go home sooner than that. Thanks to less damage to soft tissues; minimally invasive hip replacement has a quicker and less painful recovery compared to traditional hip replacement. After minimally invasive hip replacement patients can be released within 24-48 hours of their procedure.
5. What is the prognosis for such a surgery?
Although minimally invasive hip replacement surgery has many long-term benefits; just like any other surgical procedure, it has certain associated risks, such as bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. Surgeons usually discuss all possible risks with patients before the procedure. Recent research, however, shows that the probability of such complications is reducing with advancements in technology. Most of the replaced hips last at least 20 years, but some last longer, especially in older people who don’t lead an active life like younger ones.
We hope the above questions and answers help clarify some of the specifics about hip replacement surgery. The hip joint plays a critical role in a person’s ambulation, and any damage or pain in this part of the body can affect normal activities. If you are looking for a hip surgery specialist in Plano, the patient navigators at Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center can help. We are an orthopedic referral center in Plano that connects patients with experienced orthopedic surgeons. To schedule an appointment with a hip replacement specialist, simply call +1 888-608-4762 or fill out the online appointment form.
NOTE: Physicians who are members of our referral program are independent practitioners and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.