Hip Replacement Surgery: Information and Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Spencer Private Hospitals have Kent’s finest specialists on hand to assist patients through each step of hip replacement procedures, and our physiotherapists are on hand to provide the care you need to get back on your feet and enjoying life as usual.
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Hip replacement surgery is a procedure that involves the total removal of a patient’s hip, often because the original hip is damaged beyond other treatment methods, or if an orthopaedic condition has made the hip too painful to endure and is interfering with the day-to-day lifestyle.
A total hip replacement is rather self-explanatory – a patient’s hip is replacement with an artificial prosthesis, designed to simulate a healthy hip as closely as possible, aiming to help the patient return to a healthy, happy lifestyle free from hip joint pain.
While the idea of a total hip replacement can be quite overbearing, the procedure is hugely beneficial. The surgery can reduce pain and swelling in the hip, which in turn improves mobility and hip function. As the conditions that necessitate a total hip replacement are very painful and debilitating, the surgery can vastly improve a person’s quality of life, especially when followed up with a proper physiotherapy and post-surgery check-up regime.
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Each patient’s circumstances are different, and while there are no exceptional hardships a patient needs to take before their surgery date, any special concerns or worries can be addressed by a Spencer specialist at any step of the process.
Recovery time is of course different for each patient, which means its difficult to make a general judgement about recovery timeframes. Depending on circumstances, most patients should be able to walk freely and participate in normal daily activities again anywhere between six to twelve weeks, although extra care should be taken during this period. Full and complete recovery can take anywhere up to six months.
A total hip replacement is a procedure that must be given due time and respect to recovery. During this process, it is absolutely vital that patients give themselves time to fully recover and let their body heal, as well as actively taking part in the physiotherapy sessions that Spencer will arrange. While the recovery time can be long, rushing or over-exerting will make things worse.
During recovery time, most patients will require use of a walking aid, but again this is dependent on your own situation. You will be able to consult with your specialist during this time for encouragement, help and advice.
During the surgery itself, you will be under anaesthesia and will not be able to experience any pain.
Due to the severity of the surgery however, you will likely experience some broad, dull or severe aches immediately post-surgery, and for some time afterwards, although patients will have their pain relieved by post-surgery treatments and medication. Our specialists will provide medication that meets your pain levels, and this will be part of an ongoing discussion with you upon discharging from one of our hospitals to ensure you are feeling great and able to return to your lifestyle.
We will do our utmost to mitigate these issues, but as with any major surgery there may be some lasting prominent scarring, or spots of numbness. Our specialists will make you aware of any additional side effects due to special circumstances before proceeding and will work on a recovery plan to help further mitigate these effects, thereby ensuring you have a high chance of a healthy recovery through post-treatment physiotherapy and exercise.
Long term, it will be important to keep up exercises as prescribed by your physiotherapy regime, as this will help mitigate feelings of stiffness and aches. All of this will be uniquely tailored to your situation by our specialists.
Making an appointment with Spencer Private Hospitals is easy, and our helpful staff will take care of all your needs. We pride ourselves on giving our patients a high level of comfort.
You may write to us using our online contact form, or alternatively call one of our hospitals using the phone numbers below to begin, at a time and place most suitable to you.
01233 616 201
01843 234 555