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Total Hip Replacement FAQs

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Total Hip Replacement FAQs

Total Hip Frequently Asked Questions 

Why is my doctor recommending hip replacement surgery?

You may benefit from a total hip replacement if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Hip pain that makes it difficult to do everyday activities such as walking or bending.
  • Hip pain that persists even when resting during the day or night
  • Stiffness in the hip that limits your ability to move or lift your leg
  • No relief or improvement from non-surgical treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy or walking supports.

How is a total hip replacement performed?

A total hip replacement (also called total hip arthroplasty) is a procedure that involves removing the damaged cartilage and bone in the hip, and replacing with an artificial implant. The implant may be either “press fit” into the bone, which allows your bone to grow onto the components, or it may be cemented into place. Sometimes, a combination of the two is used. Your surgeon will decide which type is best for your condition.

Are total hip replacements performed as an inpatient or outpatient procedure?

Depending on your medical history and condition, your surgeon may recommend admitting you to the hospital, or you may go home the same day. You and your surgeon will make a plan before your surgery.

How long is the procedure?

Typically, the procedure takes 1-2 hours.

After surgery, you’ll move to the recovery room where you will be monitored for several hours as you recover from anesthesia. Then, depending on your condition, you will be admitted to your hospital room or discharged to go home.

What is recovery like?

You should be able to resume most of your normal, light daily activities within 3 to 6 weeks following your surgery.

It is crucial to follow your surgeon’s instructions at home, including properly caring for your incision, eating a balanced diet and following your prescribed physical therapy and activity plans. It is vital that you attend your physical therapy sessions as scheduled to help you achieve a successful recovery.

Is total hip replacement painful?

As a natural part of the healing process, you will feel some pain after surgery, and your health care team will work to manage it effectively. Medications are commonly prescribed for short-term pain relief, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), acetaminophen and local anesthetics. Your surgeon may use one or a combination of these medications.

How long does an artificial hip last?

The materials in every hip implant will wear down overtime. There are some factors that can contribute to wearing down your artificial joint.

  • Being overweight
  • High impact activity

When you follow the doctor’s orders, a hip replacement can last for many years.

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