Hip Replacement Surgery
What is Hip Replacement?
Hip replacement is an artificial joint used in the surgical treatment of deformities caused by excessive strain of the hip joint and severe impacts of the joint.
When the hip joint, which is one of the most important joints carrying the load in our body, is worn or damaged, hip prosthesis surgery may be preferred when treatment methods other than surgical methods do not help.
Physical therapy begins at the hospital on the first postoperative day and continues at home or at a physical therapy center after discharge. Although the healing process varies according to the age of the individual, adaptation to rehabilitation and health status, complete recovery is completed within 2-3 months. It is recommended to continue physical therapy for 6-8 weeks after discharge.
Before Hip Replacement Surgery
Feel free to ask what you want to ask about the operation. Your doctor may recommend an exercise program in preparation for surgery. Talk to your doctor about your workouts. General anesthesia or numb spinal block is applied to the lower half of the body. In hip replacement surgery, your surgeon may give you pre-operative antibiotics or preventive drugs such as blood thinners, since infection or blood clotting is likewise at risk of possible complications.
Risks of Hip Replacement Surgery
During this process, the patient is taken to the rest room while the effect of anesthesia is passed. The nurse or anesthesiologist supervises the patient’s blood pressure, pulse, pain intensity and need for medication.
- Blood coagulation
- Fracture of Prosthesis
- Change in Leg Length
- Joint Hardening
- Wear and Tear Over Time
After Hip Replacement Surgery
After the operation, the patients are kept in the recovery room for 30-60 minutes and then taken to their rooms. Within 2 hours of being admitted to the room, the patient will recover completely. The day after surgery, the patient is given a walker. The patient is asked to stand up using the provided walker.
On the 15th day, your doctor will check your stitches and remove the stitches if appropriate. After suturing, physical therapy is started. Your physical therapy will continue until the end of the 3rd month, usually 3 days a week.