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Hip Replacements

Hip Replacements

ReplacementsWhether you have just begun exploring treatment options or have already decided with your orthopaedic surgeon to undergo hip replacement surgery, this information sheet will help you understand the benefits and limitations of this orthopaedic treatment. You’ll learn how a normal hip works and the causes of hip pain, what to expect from hip replacement surgery and what exercises and activities will help restore your mobility and strength and enable you to return to everyday activities.

If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. You may even feel uncomfortable while resting.

If medications, changes in your everyday activities, and the use of walking aids such as a cane are not helpful, you may want to consider hip replacement surgery. By replacing your diseased hip joint with an artificial joint, hip replacement surgery can relieve your pain and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.

First performed in 1960, hip replacement surgery is one of the most important surgical advances of this century. Since then, improvements in joint replacement surgical techniques and technology have greatly increased the effectiveness of this surgery. Today, more than 75,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the UK. Similar surgical procedures are performed on other joints, including the knee, shoulder, and elbow.

How the Normal Hip Works
Common Causes of Hip Pain and Loss of Hip Mobility
Is Hip Replacement Surgery for You?
The Orthopaedic Evaluation
What to Expect from Hip Replacement Surgery
Preparing for Surgery
Home Planning
Your Surgery
Surgical Procedure
Your Stay in the Hospital
Possible Complications After Surgery
Your Recovery at Home
Avoiding Problems After Surgery
Preventing Infection
Avoiding Falls
Other Precautions
How Your New Hip is Different
After surgery, make sure you also do the following
Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement