TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT
Living with a worn or injured hip joint can be extremely painful and frustrating. Over time, you may find yourself doing less and missing out on key moments in life. Our surgeons, here at RGVO, believe in helping our patients with the best techniques and care. We understand the value our hips have in our lives and how much we use them. To learn more about your hip problem, much research and evaluation will take place. The more our surgeons know, the better they can help, so answer all the questions regarding your pain honestly. If simple things such as walking through a grocery store or getting up from a chair may cause you pain, it is important you explain this to your surgeon. In many cases, an orthopedic surgeon can replace your afflicted hip joint.
Is Surgery Right for You? – Your doctor may have tried to reduce your hip pain with medications and physical therapy. You may have even learned to walk with a cane. But if none of that has helped, total joint replacement may be right for you. To find out if that is the case, your surgeon will perform a series of tests to evaluate your hip joints such as – Physical Exams and X-Rays.
Your Surgery – Pre-op tests may be administered before to make sure things are on track. It is crucial, during this time, to follow all of your surgeons’ instructions in preparing for your surgery. You will be asked not to drink or eat anything after midnight the night before. When the team is ready, you’ll be taken into the operating room to begin. Anesthesia will be given to help you sleep through the process. Your surgeon will then begin by making an incision down the side of your hip. The damaged part is removed, and the socket is prepared to hold the prosthesis. Once the new joint is in place, the incision will then be closed with staples or stitches.
Your Recovery – After your surgery, you will be taken, to the recovery room. There you will be administered pain medication to ease any possible lingering pain for your surgery. To keep your new joint stable, a foam wedge or pillows may be placed between your legs. To ensure you are recovering steadily, you must answer honestly when questioned about how you feel. During your recovery stay, you will be taught how to protect your new hip while doing daily activities such as walking, sitting, and dressing.