At Largo Medical Center, our goal is to provide as much information and encouragement as possible to keep patients educated and informed about their options for hip replacement surgery. Our surgeons and physicians offer access to cutting-edge surgical technology, and may recommend hip replacement if you suffer from one of the following conditions:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Traumatic Arthritis
- Joint Damage
- Constant debilitating pain from everyday tasks, like walking or bending over
Frequently Asked Questions
What is hip replacement surgery?
The process involves placing a metal, plastic covering over arthritic bone ends where cartilage has been worn away. This special covering acts as renewed cartilage and helps relieve pain from movement and physical activity. A hip replacement can help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.
Should I have a hip replacement?
hip replacement surgery may be considered when arthritis limits your ability to perform everyday tasks, like walking and bending over. Surgery may also be a good option if pain is constant while resting or if stiffness in your hip limits your ability to move or lift your leg.
Are there alternatives to hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery may be reommended only after careful diagnosis of your joint problem. Our physicians may recommend surgery only if other alternatives have been exhausted, such as little pain relief from anti-inflammatory drugs, or if other treatments, like physical therapy, do no relieve pain.
Are there different types of hip surgery?
Your physician and orthopedic surgeon will discuss which type of hip replacement surgery is best for you. Our facility offers both minimal and advanced surgical procedures for hip replacement.
- Total hip replacement:This procedure involves replacement of the joint's cartilage and bone with implants.
- Anterior hip replacement (minimally-invasive):This procedure is less-invasive and offers a faster recovery time. It requires a smaller incision and allows surgeons to work in between muscles and tissue, without disturbance.
Hip replacements may be successfully performed with a combination of cemented and un-cemented parts. Your surgeon will discuss which technique is appropriate for you.
How long is the hospital stay?
After hip replacement surgery, you will probably spend no more than four days in the hospital. Most hip replacement patients begin standing and walking with support and a physical therapist the day after surgery. It is important to begin moving after surgery to encourage blood flow. This helps prevent blood clots from forming in your legs, which can lead to other complications.
How long is recovery?
It is important to remember that recovery varies with each person. It is essential that you follow your orthopedic surgeon's instructions regarding home care during the first few weeks after surgery. You should be able to resume most normal, light daily activities within three to six weeks after surgery. Some discomfort with activity, and at night, is common for several weeks. Complete recovery can take between 3-6 months.
During recovery, you will be advised to avoid more active sports, such as jogging, tennis and other high-impact sports.
If you are a patient who lives alone, you may require a short stay in a rehabilitation center for a few days after leaving the hospital. This will depend on your progress in the hospital.
What is the success rate?
Hip replacement is one of the most important surgical advances of the century. This surgery helps more than 160,000 Americans each year relieve their pain so they can get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.
What are potential complications?
As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications after hip replacement surgery. However, they are relatively rare. Blood clots are the most common complication after surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon may prescribe one or more measures to prevent blood clots from forming in your leg veins, such as a special support hose, inflatable leg coverings or blood thinners.
What about pain?
Thanks to advances in medication technology, we are able to keep you relatively comfortable after surgery.