Hip Arthroplasty, otherwise known as Hip Replacement is a surgical procedure to replace the articular part of the hip joint with an artificial joint. The aim is to take away pain, restore function, preserve anatomy and improve quality of life. Hip replacement has completely revolutionised the nature in which the arthritic hip is treated and is considered to be one of the most successful orthopaedic interventions of its generation.
The most common indication for a hip replacement is degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis) of the hip joint. This type of arthritis is generally seen with ageing, congenital abnormality of the hip joint, or prior trauma to the hip joint. Other conditions leading to hip replacement include bony fractures of the femoral neck at the hip joint, rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis (death of the femoral head) and developmental dysplasia of the hip.
Post-surgery care following complex primary hip replacement is essential to ensure a successful recovery. Here are some key aspects:
Comprehensive post-surgery care is vital to a patient’s overall well-being and the long-term success of complex primary hip replacement surgery. Effective communication with the healthcare team and strict adherence to their recommendations are crucial for a smooth recovery process.
Depending on the indications, the procedure will vary slightly but the following is a basic overview of what to expect from hip replacement surgery:
The following is what can be expected post-Hip Replacement surgery:
Follow-Up Appointments: Regular follow-up appointments with the surgeon are essential to monitor progress and address any concerns or complications that may arise.
If patients are worried about their level of pain, experience significant bleeding, or notice fever or redness around the surgical site, they should contact the office immediately. If assistance is needed after hours, patients can contact the hospital where the surgery was performed, and they will contact Professor Al Muderis on their behalf.
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