Hip Replacement Services
If your hip has been damaged by arthritis or fractured or other illness conditions, it can be very difficult for you to perform normal activities like walking or sitting in a chair. It can be very painful to put on your shoes and socks too. You may feel uncomfortable and pain while resting also. The use of walking supports does not adequately serve the purpose, so you are advised to do a hip replacement. This surgery is an effective and safe procedure that can relieve you from pain, increase motion, and also help you to enjoy your normal activities easily. This surgery is one of the most successful operations in all of medicine.
Hip replacement surgery is the surgery where the doctor surgically removes the damaged and painful hip joint, replacing it with an artificial joint. The artificial replacement is made of metal and plastic components. This surgery is performed mainly to relieve hip stiffness and pain caused by hip arthritis. It is usually the ultimate solution when all other treatment options fail.
Other than relief from pain caused by arthritis, this surgery can also be performed for:
➢ Hip injuries
➢ Improper growth of the hip and other medical conditions.
Dr. Mahendra Meta is a Queensland-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in Adult Hip & knee Replacement Surgery & Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery.
Types of Hip Replacement Surgeries At Brisbane Hip & Knee Clinic Surgery is recommended in the following conditions:
➢ When your Hip pain limits normal activities like walking, sitting & bending
➢ When your hip pain continues while resting during the day
➢ When the stiffness in your hip limits the moving ability or lifting any leg
➢ Not getting enough relief from anti-inflammatory medicines, after using walking supports or physical therapy.
Hip replacement surgery can be of the following types:
Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Total hip replacement surgery, also called total hip arthroplasty is the most common type of hip replacement surgery. In this surgery, the damaged parts of the hip are removed and replaced with artificial implants, made up of metal and plastic. The socket of the hip is replaced with a plastic cup, which can sometimes include a titanium metal shell. And the femoral head is removed and replaced with a ball made of metal or ceramic. The new ball is then attached to a metal stem and is inserted into the top of the femur.
Partial Hip Replacement Surgery
Partial hip replacement surgery is also called hemiarthroplasty. This surgery is most common in older people who have fractured their hips. In this surgery, only one side of the hip joint, the femoral head is removed and replaced instead of both sides.
This procedure is mainly done for younger and more active people. In this surgery, the femoral head is capped with a smooth metal covering. The part of the damaged bone with the hip bone socket is also removed and replaced with a metal shell. The difference between total hip replacement and hip resurfacing surgery is that the femoral head is completely removed and replaced in the total hip replacement surgery. Whereas, in hip resurfacing, it is trimmed and capped.
Revision Hip Replacement
After Hip Replacement Surgery
The average length of the hospital stay after the surgery is four to five days. But it can vary as it depends on your progress and any complications. The nurses can encourage you to stand up within 24 hours of the surgery. Although it can be painful, some movement is important for recovery. A physiotherapist might also visit to guide and help you with the hip exercises you can do in bed. An x-ray might be needed to check the alignment of the prosthesis post-surgery. You’ll be discharged from the hospital when you start progressing well towards recovery. After that, you can either go home or to a rehabilitation unit.
Caring for the hip after the surgery
After getting discharged from the hospital, there are certain measures you need to take to ensure proper recovery.
➢ Take care of the wound site as advised by the doctor, and keep it clean and dry until the staples are removed.
➢ Avoid any injuries or unnecessary stress on the hip. If you get injured before proper recovery, it can damage the new hip joint. The best way to stay safe is to make your house safer and avoid any slippery areas.
➢ Keep checking for any infections. If you feel any discomfort like increased pain, discharge, swelling, or redness, get in touch with your surgeon at the earliest.
The average recovery period is between three and six months but it can be different for different patients. For proper recovery, you will need regular physiotherapy and an exercise program. Your surgeon will help you with the aftercare and the steps that you need to take for a proper and speedy recovery.
Contact us to book your appointment or for more specific information on Hip replacement surgeries.
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