Total Hip Replacement is one of the most common and successful surgical procedures in Orthopedics.Hip Replacement is also called Hip Arthroplasty.The total hip replacement procedure involves replacement of the damaged bone and cartilage with prosthetic components.
At Parekhs Hospital, we have a team of best orthopedic surgeons in town who proficiently manage and guide every patient. At Parekhs, the patient would receive the best of treatment and care. Parekhs have a history of several successful hip replacement surgeries.Our specialists recommend a Total hip replacement surgery only in cases where the hip joint is severely damaged by arthritis, fracture or wear and tear. Total hip replacement surgery will also perform in cases where the patient experience extreme pain in performing their routineactivities and when medication and other therapies fail to be effective.
In a Hip replacement surgery, the damaged femoral head is removed and replaced with a metal stem which is placed into the hollow center of the femur. The femoral stem may be either cemented or "press fit" into the bone. Then a metal or ceramic ball is placed on the upper part of the stem. This ball replaces the damaged femoral head that was removed. The damaged cartilage surface of the socket (acetabulum) is removed and replaced with a metal socket. Screws or cement are generally used to hold the socket in place. After that a plastic, ceramic, or metal spacer is inserted between the new ball and the socket to allow for a smooth gliding surface.
Prior to the hip replacement surgery, we need to conduct a series of tests to determine fitness and body condition of the patients. These tests ensure the success of the procedure and also help in minimizing the chances of complications. In a Total hip replacement procedure complications are usually rare, but in some cases like Blood clotting, infection, loosening/dislocation of the ball (high possibility during first few months), and excessive pain, patients may need an extra care. At Parekhs,all the complications are being taken care of by skilful and efficient team of doctorswhomake sure such events are avoided.
Most patients report stiffness in movement post-surgery, but this is very obvious. The best part is the body gets back to normal over a period of time. For fast recovery the patient must adhere to the exercise regime and physical movements as advised by an Orthopedic surgeon. This would help in regaining flexibility and muscle strength. Apart from this, high pressure movements are to be avoided for a certain time period. Implant may last a few years but, be the patients must be prepared for a gradual wear and tear due to daily activities. In such cases, a revision surgery is mandatory.
Myths about Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip Replacement, a procedure that replaces the diseased parts of the Hip with prosthetic components has many myths associated to it like:
Myth 1 -
Pain from Hip Arthritis is a part of Aging, so Deal with it! Myth Buster - Because of fear of the procedure, you choose to suffer in pain and choose to receive conservative treatment, such as pain relief medications. However, hip arthritis can be only relieved by a total hip replacement surgery which gives you a gift of active lifestyle.
Myth 2 - Wait as much as possible before having a Hip Replacement Surgery.
Myth Buster - By delaying the surgical treatment, you tend to lower the quality of life and decide to deal with the pain, immobility and at times loss of function too. With the help of contemporary amenities, most patients who return to normal activities and do not even realize they were operated for hip replacement surgery a year ago.
Myth 3 - I am too young to have a Hip Replacement.
Myth Buster - In 1990s, a total hip replacement did not last more than 20 years, therefore the orthopedic surgeons would not usually perform this procedure on younger patients. But today, with the help of improved prosthetics and better surgical techniques, hip replacement surgery can now be conducted on younger patients, as it lasts long.
Myth 4 - You cannot walk for a long time after the procedure.
Myth Buster - With new advanced procedures and regular exercise regime, you will be able to walk and drive as well within six weeks of the surgery. Full recovery may take three to six months, depending on the state of the health and determination of the patient and their follow up of exercise regime.
Myth 5 - Hip Replacement has major complications.
Myth Buster - Total Hip Replacement is a safe surgery with rare complications. There are certain preventive measures that need to be taken for a successful surgery.
Myth 6 - Total Hip Replacement doesn't help in severe Arthritis.
Myth Buster - Total Hip Replacement surgery can even treat severe Arthritis.