The final command of conducting a hip replacement on your body comes from you and the decision is generally finalized with the help of family members and an experienced orthopaedic surgeon. You may question your eligibility for a hip replacement surgery, but the following topics should help you eliminate any doubt, fear, and stress that you may be bearing during decision making.
Do I Meet the Requirements?
Candidates for a hip replacement are normally aged 60 and above. Weight is another factor to look at prior to your hip replacement surgery, but there are cases where it is overlooked to provide immediate relief from pain and immobility. Your surgeon will probably recommend a hip replacement surgery in a case of;
- You have severe pain that prevents you from conducting your daily activities such as walking, cooking, or cleaning.
- Your pain has failed to respond to any medications provided or physical therapy
- You continuously feel pain while sleeping or resting
- You have hip stiffness that prevents you from moving your leg or standing
Your Journey To Hip Replacement
Arthritis is the commonest type of hip or joint inflammation and it affects both males and females. Osteoarthritis, in particular, is a degenerative type of arthritis affecting over 30 million individuals in India and accounts for a majority of hip replacement procedures.
Normally, nonsurgical treatment approaches such as ibuprofen, Glucosamine, a nutritional supplement, and physical therapy are recommended to eliminate the pain triggered by arthritis. However, these medications may provide a relief from pain and improve mobility, but can’t eliminate arthritis.
Arthritis is a progressive disorder that continues to attack the hip layers beginning from the cartilage to the bones. The condition is more common in elderly individuals since they have continuously used the joint and so, pain and stiffness can easily manifest themselves since there is wear of the joint.
In case the pain and stiffness persist, a hip replacement is the only solution to improve a patient’s quality of life. Surgical options generally differ depending on the extent of damage, the suitable component, and possible outcomes.
Therefore, your surgeon will discuss with you the possibility of a total hip replacement or a partial hip replacement, cemented or cementless hip replacement, Arthroscopy, or an Osteotomy. An arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical approach used to correct minor hip issues, but where a good portion of the hip is destroyed, a total hip replacement surgery is necessary. On the other hand, an Osteotomy is an orthopaedic procedure where the patient’s bone is cut short or lengthened to improve its alignment.
What to Expect After Any Surgical Option?
Surgical procedures are effective in correcting all extents of hip damage and highly facilitate mobility. You will be given post-operative instructions depending on the type of surgery undergone. With an arthroscopic surgery, there is minor bruising, swelling, and generally, your post-operative period is manageable and smooth.
With other surgical approaches, a patient may experience a greater amount of pain, bruising, and swelling. Chances of infection, blood clots, dislocation, and bleeding are increased, but following the surgeon’s orders can minimise all these possibilities.