Hip replacement doctors in Largo, Florida
Chronic hip pain does not have to interrupt your life. You can trust the highly skilled orthopedic surgeons at Largo Medical Center to perform hip replacement procedures to help you regain mobility and get back to your life.
To register or to get more information about hip replacement procedures, you can call us toll-free at (888) 685-1594.
Understanding hip replacement surgery
The surgical procedure involves placing a metal or plastic covering over bone ends where cartilage has worn away. This special covering acts as renewed cartilage and helps relieve pain from movement and physical activity.
Our goal is to keep you educated about your options for hip replacement surgery so you can make informed decisions about your orthopedic care.
Our physicians may recommend hip replacement surgery only if other alternatives, such as anti-inflammatory drugs or physical therapy, have been unsuccessful in relieving pain.
Conditions treated with hip replacement surgery
Hip replacement surgery may be a solution if you have or have experienced one or more of the following conditions:
- Constant debilitating pain from resting or everyday tasks, like walking or bending over
- Hip stiffness limiting movement
- Joint damage
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Traumatic arthritis
Types of hip replacement surgery
Your physician and orthopedic surgeon will discuss which of the following types of hip replacement surgery is best for you:
- Total hip replacement—This procedure involves replacing the joint's cartilage and bone with implants.
- Anterior hip replacement—This procedure is less invasive and offers a faster recovery time than traditional surgery. It requires a smaller incision and allows surgeons to work in between muscles and tissue, without disturbance.
Hip replacement recovery
After hip replacement surgery, you will likely spend no more than four days in the hospital. We are committed to your full, quick and safe recovery.
Your care will continue with compassionate, effective physical therapy and rehabilitation. We will develop a customized rehabilitation program to meet your specific needs.
You can 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.
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.
If you live alone, a short stay in a rehabilitation center for a few days may be required after leaving the hospital. This will depend on your progress in the hospital.
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 three to six months.
During recovery, you will be advised to avoid more active sports, such as jogging, tennis and other high-impact sports.