Is hip replacement surgery painful? can we walk after the surgery? we have answered most asked questions about hip replacement surgery in this blog. As a bonus, you can also watch a video where Dr Kkirran S Choukka answers these questions.
FAQ 1. Are there any alternatives for Hip Replacement Surgery?
Ans. Hip Replacement surgery is usually used to treat hip pain. If the hip pain is manageable then the surgeon or doctor will opt for medical management of hip pain. If all the treatment options fail or the hip pain is severe, then the surgeon may opt for hip replacement surgery.
FAQ 2. How long does a hip replacement last?
Ans. The life of an artificial hip implant (Prosthesis) will depend on the quality of surgery and the of the implants. With proper care, hip implants can last anywhere between 10 years to 30 years.
FAQ 3. What are the risks of Hip Replacement Surgery?
Ans. Just like any surgery, Total Hip replacement surgery has its own risks, they are:
The leg length may vary
The implant might loosen
FAQ 4. What should you expect after hip replacement surgery?
Ans. After hip replacement surgery, you will have to take rest in bed for a couple of days. Then you will have to go physiotherapy for 3 weeks to 3 months. Then you should do exercises that will strengthen your muscles around the hips. After proper recovery, you will be able to get back to your regular life.
FAQ 5. What type of anaesthesia is given during hip replacement surgery?
Ans. Anaesthetist usually decides the type of Anaesthesia that the surgeon will administer during surgery. They will consider several factors while selecting the anaesthesia and may choose general anaesthesia, spinal anaesthesia, epidural or regional nerve block anaesthesia. Anaesthetists will discuss this before your surgery.
FAQ 6. What is the recovery time for a hip replacement surgery?
Ans. You will start recovering from hip replacement surgery in stages. Initially, you will need to take bed rest for few days. Then you will have to undergo physiotherapy for 3 weeks to 3 months. After physiotherapy, you will have to do exercises to strengthen muscles in order to decrease the load on your hip joints. With proper recovery, you can go back to your normal life.
FAQ 7. What are the necessary steps to be taken to avoid problems after Hip Replacement Surgery?
Ans. After the surgery, you have to follow particular instruction given by the doctor for proper recovery. These post-surgical instructions usually include:
The patient has to take rest in bed for a few days.
While in bed, the leg has to be elevated
The Doctor may prescribe medicines to manage the pain.
The doctor will suggest physiotherapy for 3 weeks to 3 months.
Exercises to strengthen the hip joint in order to decreases the load on the hip.
Depending on your conditions, the doctor may give other instructions, so kindly consult doctor.
FAQ 8. How painful is a hip replacement?
Ans. During the surgery, you will be under anaesthesia, so you won’t experience any pain. After the surgery, the surgeon will prescribe medicine to manage the pain.
FAQ 9. Can you walk and climb normally after a Hip Replacement surgery?
Ans. If you recover properly then you will be able to walk and climb normally after the surgery.
Watch this video where Dr. KKirran s Choukka explains about Hip Replacement Surgery.
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