What is a Hip Replacement?
Patients with hip pain who have tried nonsurgical treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and activity modifications can find lasting pain relief and improved mobility through hip replacement. This surgery replaces your hip joint with an artificial one. The surgery may be performed posteriorly or anteriorly Both offer reliable pain relief and rapid funcitonal healing.
Why Hip Replacement?
Hip replacement is generally performed when osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis have advanced to a point where other treatments cannot provide relief from pain and stiffness. It may also be necessary if a hip has been broken or injured, or in the case of a tumor affecting the hip bones.
Potential Risks and Complications
Our hip replacement team uses the latest safety and infection control protocols. Possible complications include:
- Blood clots
- Limb length changes
Preparing for Hip Replacement
Patients who are overweight or obese may be advised to lose weight prior to surgery. Muscle-strengthening leg exercises perfomed in the weeks prior to surgery can also help contribute to a better outcome. Tobacco users should quit smoking. Joint replacement classes are provided both on line and in person at Providence.
What to Expect
What to Expect
Your multidisciplinary care team includes surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
Your surgery will be performed under anesthesia and usually takes 1- 2 hours. After your hip area has been prepped, an incision will be made. Your surgeon will move your muscles in order to access your hip joint. The damaged portion of your hip will then be removed and replaced by an artificial joint. X-rays may be taken to ensure correct placement. Once that is verififed, the incision will be closed and you will be take to recovery.
Depending on how well you feel, discharge can occur the same day of surgery or the day after. Some drainage from your incision is normal. You may be on crutches or need a cane for a period of time.
Upon discharge, hospital staff will give you a date for a follow-up appointment. You will also be prescribed a course of physical therapy to assist in your recovery. Our physical therapy programs help patients learn about the exercises that will help them recover and smoothly transition back to their daily routine.