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Hip Replacement (Hip Arthroplasty)
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Parts of the Body Involved Hip Reasons for Procedure Hip replacement is most often performed to alleviate hip pain and disability due to arthritis. This procedure is considered when pain and stiffness limit normal activities and are not relieved by other measures, such as rest, medications, or physical therapy. Risk Factors for Complications during the Procedure Obesity Pre-existing medical condition, such as heart or lung problems Previous episodes involving vein clots in the legs Urinary tract infection or gum disease; both increase the risk of bacteria entering the bloodstream and infecting the joint What to Expect Prior to Procedure Your doctor will likely do the following: Blood tests Physical exam Possibly an MRI scan – a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of the inside of the body X-rays of joint In the time leading up to the procedure: Arrange for a ride to and from the hospital Arrange for help at home after returning from the hospital If you are overweight, shed excess pounds to decrease the amount of stress on your new joint and make the surgery easier for your surgeon to perform Make home modifications to make recovery easier: Install safety bars, a raised toilet seat, a shower bench and hose, and handrails on stairways and steps Purchase a stable, firm-backed arm chair that allows the knees to remain lower than the hips Purchase reachers and dressing aids to make daily activities easier to complete Remove throw rugs and check extension cords Review your regular medications with the surgeon to determine if any, such as anti-inflammatory medications, should be stopped a week before surgery The night before, eat a light meal and do not eat or drink anything after midnight During Procedure - IV fluids, blood, anesthesia Anesthesia - General Description of the Procedure - The surgeon makes an incision along the joint, moves aside muscles, and removes the damaged bone and cartilage of the hip joint. The remaining bone is prepared to receive the prosthesis and the new plastic and metal joint is placed in position. Depending on the type of prosthesis, the surgeon may use bone cement to hold one or both parts of the artificial hip firmly to the hip socket and the thighbone. The incision is closed with stitches or staples, which will be removed in about two weeks. After Procedure - Be extra careful to prevent falls and maintain correct hip placement How Long Will It Take? A few hours Will It Hurt? Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. You'll likely experience pain while recovering but receive drugs to relieve the discomfort. Possible Complications: Anesthesia-related problems Blood clots occurring in a vein or traveling to the lungs Excessive swelling or bleeding Infection Injury to nearby nerves or blood vessels The ball portion of the prosthesis dislocates from its normal position in the hip Average Hospital Stay: 4-6 days Postoperative Care: Be cautious; a fall can damage or dislocate the new joint. Breathe deeply and cough 10 to 20 times every hour to decrease the risk of fluid build-up in the lungs that can cause pneumonia. Expect to get up and walk with help using a walker on the day after surgery. Inform your dentist of your surgery; you'll need antibiotics before all future dental procedures to decrease the risk of bacteria entering the bloodstream and traveling to the prosthesis. Delay dental cleaning for a month or more after the surgery. Keep the incision area clean and dry. Maintain a healthy weight; obesity can increase wear on the joint, cause it to loosen, and cause pain. Only take medications recommended by your doctor; do not take over-the-counter remedies without your doctor's approval. Place a V-shaped pillow between your legs to maintain correct positioning of the hip. Refrain from jogging and other high-impact sports, which can increase wear on the joint, cause it to loosen, and cause pain. To help maintain proper alignment and prevent dislocations, do not cross your legs, flex your hips more than 90 degrees, or turn your feet very far inward or outward. Outcome Within 6 weeks, you should be able to resume normal light activities. To speed your recovery and protect future joint function, follow the recommended activity and rehabilitation program. Call Your Doctor If Any of the Following Occurs Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting Increased hip pain Pain and/or swelling in the feet, calves, or legs Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge around incision site Signs of infection, including fever and chills
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