Tried and tested all the non-surgical remedies, but still experiencing hip problems? Perhaps it’s time to consider hip replacement surgery. Mobility issues of the hips can be caused by a range of things including injury, arthritis or disease. While hip replacement surgery isn’t something surgeons recommend lightly, it might just be the key to restoring ease of movement to your previously problematic hip joint.
Understandably, the thought of a hip replacement surgery can seem daunting. But the longevity and proven benefits of the procedure should put your mind at ease. The process of a hip replacement surgery can vary depending on which type of prosthetic hip is being fitted. Other factors that can contribute to what you can expect are your health factors and which muscles and soft tissue need to be disrupted during surgery. Most hip replacement surgeries take approximately one or two hours, with three to five days stay in hospital. Following the surgery, medication is prescribed for pain, infection and blood clot prevention.
Recovery time for hip replacement surgery varies from individual to individual. The majority of patients mobilize with aids at the one to two day mark. Somewhere between the three to six week mark you can expect to be completing light activities and starting to walk without assistance. Please note if your right side is being replaced, legally you are unable to drive for six weeks.
To help your recovery to be as safe and speedy as possible, it is essential to follow the directions provided by your doctor. These will likely include regular follow up appointments, sessions with a physiotherapist and light exercises.
Doctor Julian Lane is highly experienced in hip replacement surgery. For further information on hip replacement surgery and how it could potentially improve your quality of life, contact the friendly team at Lane Orthopaedic Surgery today on 07 3394 4228.