Out of the 360 different joints in a human body, those connecting the hip are some of the most important, as they provide stability and share a major part of the body’s weight. Any damage to the joints, due to a disease or an injury, can result in unbearable pain and restricted mobility. Preliminary treatment options include use of a walking stick for support, undergoing physical therapy, and taking oral medication. When these non-surgical treatments fail to yield results, orthopedic surgeons usually recommend a hip replacement surgery. The participating physicians at the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center offer treatment options for various types of hip conditions including hip replacement surgery.
Despite the fact that hip replacement surgeries have helped countless patients, many people still harbor misconceptions about the procedure, which either make them procrastinate the treatment or seek some other resort. To clear the smokescreen, the blog enumerates some of the myths about hip replacement surgery, to help patients make informed decisions.
Myth 1: “Delaying the process will yield better results.”
Fact: Many patients believe the procedure will undermine their ability to engage in daily activities, and create problems in their quest for a healthy lifestyle post-surgery. Such patients, therefore, try to delay or even avoid the surgery. Fact is that postponing the process can bring more stress on the already malfunctioning/damaged joints and increase the severity of the nightmare patients are already experiencing due to pain when dispensing day to day activities. Delayed surgery can also prolong the recovery process, as patients may face issues executing regular tasks for a couple of years from the date of surgery.
Myth 2: “Only patients below a specific age-group are ideal candidates.”
Fact: The process has nothing to do with age and is strictly need based. Moreover, advancement in technology has led to the invention of better prosthetics, advanced equipment, and better techniques, making the procedure safer and more effective than ever before. Patients can expect the surgery to last up to 20 years,making it an ideal option for young people and adults.
*Note: Young patients may need to undergo a second round of surgery some years down the line to ensure the sustainability of surgery benefits.
Myth 3: “It’s weeks before patients take their first steps.”
Fact: Advances in surgery and medicine have made recovery time shorter for hip replacement surgery patients. In many cases, patients are able to walk the same day they had surgery (depending on their health condition and medical history). Moreover, hospital stays don’t usually exceed a week and patients are cleared to drive within six weeks. The full recovery periods ranges between three to six months, which is considerably shorter when compared to years of pain and agony.
Myth 4: “All hip implants and procedures are the same.”
Fact: All hip implants serve the same purpose; to help patients move easily without pain; however, the unity of purpose shouldn’t be confused for uniformity among the processes and implants used by specialist surgeons. Surgeons use one of three different methods: the direct anterior approach, the anterolateral approach, and the posterolateral approach, depending on the patient’s condition. Additionally, the type of implants used in one patient can vary from others depending on particular needs. Contrary to popular notion, a one size fits all approach doesn’t work in hip replacement surgeries and you need to find a reputable surgeon and discuss the specifics of your case.
Myth 5: “Post surgery complications are common.”
Fact: Cases of post-surgery complications such as hip dislocation, blood clots, and inflammation are extremely rare, thanks to advanced techniques and technologically superior prosthetics orthopedic surgeons use today. Further, active research is underway to make the procedures safer and even more effective.
They Way Forward
People experiencing pain and mobility issues due to hip damage need to disabuse themselves of the misconceptions discussed in this blog, and consult a doctor about the possibility of a hip replacement surgery. If you or someone you know have been facing any trouble in the hip region, call or email the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to speak to one of our patient navigators today. Our navigators will help you find the doctor most appropriate for you and help you schedule your appointment.
Disclaimer: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of THSOC. Individual results vary so visit with your physician.