Attaining the ultimate benefits of a total hip replacement not only lies in the hands of an orthopaedic surgeon, reducing weight and certainly heading to a rehabilitation centre (physiotherapy), but also in a patient’s hands. There are a few basic steps to follow such as performing simple tasks at home to prevent blood clots, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising to improve mobility and certainly for natural results.
In the contemporary period, hundreds of hip replacement surgeries are performed annually in India to eliminate pain in patients. Normally, surgery is the last option when all other orthopaedic treatments fail to provide the required help. Although the type of hip replacement procedure dictates the length of a recovery period, patients ought to follow measures aimed at prolonging the longevity of the implant and improve mobility.
Here is what to do
- Requesting for Help
Prior to the total hip replacement surgery, you will find it hard to resume your daily tasks either because of inflexibility and minor pain. You will also be advised to make minor changes to your house to fit your recovery requirements. Activities like cooking and cleaning in the first days must be performed by a caretaker, whereas you will definitely need help while bathing.
- Following a Recovery Program
A majority of patients are able to walk immediately after the surgery, however, returning to your workplace may take quite a good time, approximately 4 to 6 weeks. Consider returning to driving after 5 weeks or as the surgeon recommends.
- Light Exercises
The early postoperative exercises are aimed at promoting blood flow and improve mobility. Motion exercises for the leg, standing hip extensions, squeezing the thigh, trying to walk with or without a walker, and Resistive hip abduction are some of the possible exercises to improve mobility and promote blood flow.
- Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet
You may find it hard to have your meals like before as your appetite may disappear, however, taking in more fruits and vegetables can help speed up your recovery period and maintain a healthy joint. In addition, patients are advised to maintain a healthy weight as being overweight can interfere with the performance and longevity of the hip prosthesis.
- Physical Therapy
A physical therapy programme is essential after every orthopaedic surgery. Similarly, you will have to embark on a physical therapy programme where you are provided with basic techniques for handling your new hip, controlling movement, and performing daily activities.
It is important to follow your physiotherapist’s guidelines to obtain natural results and eliminate implant failure.
Orthopaedic advancements have extremely improved surgical expectations as the longevity of the implant currently exceeds 10 years. A number of options are available for a patient to enjoy the benefits of the surgery for a maximum of 25 years.