FAQs ABOUT HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY
Will the pain go after surgery ?
After a hip replacement, the pain due to arthritis usually subsides in 4-6 weeks. Thereafter, there may be occasional reminders of pain after unaccustomed activity. If however, the pain re-appears after a prolonged pain free period; or the pain tends to worsen progressively, there is a definite cause for concern. This requires an urgent evaluation by the Orthopedic surgeon
How much time do I need to stay in Hospital; and how much time off work ?
As regards hospital stay, the usual duration is 1 week. The timing of going back to previous level of activity depends upon the type of Hip replacement – Cemented/ Un-cemented; and the quality of bone stock. Usually patients may resume office and sedentary work after 4-6 weeks.
What are the chances that I will need a repeat surgery in future ?
The typical longevity of a Hip replacement depends upon- quality of bone/ level of physical activity/ Age/ body weight/ technique of surgery. Most hip replacements survive an average of 15-20 years. However, a large number of variables affecting longevity prevents accurate survival analysis. Individual patient assessment should be done carefully, and the risk- benefit analysis should be explained to the patient before surgery.
What precautions I need to take, and for how long ?
The most important of all, are the precautions to be taken by the patient himself. Dislocation of the new joint is a potential risk. extreme of movements should be avoided under all circumstances. The soft tissue healing takes approximately 6 weeks, however, if the hip joint is structurally unstable, or the soft tissue tension is not adequate, precautions need to be taken for a longer time.
What are the different types of Hip Replacement Surgery ?
Total Hip Replacement Surgery involves a change of both Femoral head & neck, and Acetabular socket. There are several bearing options which are available depending on the patient requirements.
Common Bearing Options include, – Metal on Polyethylene/ Ceramic on Polyethylene/ Ceramic on
Partial hip replacement involves a change of only the femoral head and neck region; acetabular socket is usually preserved. This is preferred in cases of Femoral neck fracture with healthy acetabular cartilage