Hip Replacement Surgery
A common surgical procedure, hip replacements are often performed as a result of either rheumatoid arthritis or wear-and-tear caused predominantly by age. The surgery consists of the removal of the existing ball-and-socket hip joint and replacing it with an artificial one. A hip replacement can also be necessary in the event of a fractured hip, as the joint is fragile and once damaged it can be difficult for the joint to heal.
There are many benefits to having a hip replacement. The surgery can reduce pain and swelling in the hip, and improve mobility and hip function. Often, hip replacements can vastly improve a person’s quality of life. Recovery time from surgery can be up to six weeks and during this time a series of walking aids can be helpful, as well as painkillers and gentle exercise. Physiotherapy can be useful in regaining confidence and full mobility.