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What is the Recovery Time for a Hip Replacement?

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In hip replacement surgeries, an orthopedic surgeon removes damaged sections of your hip joint. He then replaces them with an artificial hip joint made from ceramic, hard plastic, and metal. 

The artificial joint, also known as a prosthesis improves your hip function but also reduces the pain. You may go for a hip replacement surgery when the medications and the non-surgical treatments are no longer effective. The most common reason for hip replacement surgery is arthritis.

Types of Hip Replacement Surgeries

There are three types of hip replacement surgeries. They are as follows-

  • Total hip replacement
  • Partial hip replacement
  • Hip surfacing

How can I speed up my hip replacement recovery?

Typically, after 6 to 12 weeks, you will completely recover from a hip replacement surgery. You will still need follow-up appointments to make sure that your hip is healing. Most people can resume their daily activities after six weeks.

After 2 to 4 days, you may get discharged from the hospital. Here are some points that can help you to speed up your recovery after the surgery.

  • Make changes in your house that can help you to move around comfortably after surgery.
  • Don’t be afraid to walk as walking makes you fit and healthy. First, try taking small steps.
  • Eat nutritious food that can help you to get back to your normal days quickly. Nutritionists suggest eating enough proteins after any surgery.
  • Exercise to increase the blood flow of your body.

What happens after a hip replacement surgery?

After a hip replacement surgery, you will be taken immediately to a recovery room and make you wait until your pulse, blood pressure, and breathing normalize. Such surgeries often keep you in the hospital for a couple of days. At the hospital, a physical therapist will visit you daily after the surgery and will help you plan exercises accordingly.

Once you get discharged and reach home, keep your surgical area dry and clean all the time. Follow the instructions of your surgeon. Perform the exercises daily as recommended by your physical therapist. Avoid aspirin or other such medicines that can increase the risk of bleeding.

How much does a total hip replacement surgery costs?

Hip replacement surgery can be performed both as a total hip replacement or half hip replacement. The cost of hip replacement depends on a few factors. One of the most important factors is the type of hip replacement and the material of the new hip.

Another factor is the number of days you stay in the hospital. It will vary depending on the type of surgery and your health condition after the surgery. Also, some common factors include the type of room you choose to stay in and the pre-existing health condition of the patient.

Activities to Avoid after Hip Replacement

There are a few things that you need to avoid after getting hip replacement surgery. Most importantly, there are three movements that you should never do within a few weeks of your surgery as they may get your hip dislocated. These movements include –

  • Lifting your knee too high: Your thigh should always remain in a lower position. If your hip goes up more than a level of 90 degrees, then it may worsen your new hip joint.
  • Trying to rotate your toes inwards: If you try to rotate your toes inwards, it can also cause your hip to rotate inwards. Always keep your toes rotated outwards or straight.
  • Crossing the legs: This is one of the most common things that every person does. Hence you will be provided with a wedge pillow to avoid this problem.

Conclusion

Undergoing hip replacement surgery is very common among adults who are above the age of 60. Currently, hip replacement surgery has a success rate of more than 99% and is hence considered one of the most common orthopedic operations. Such surgeries are recommended only to those people who are experiencing extreme pain in their hip joint or other medical treatments like physiotherapy have failed.

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