What can I expect during a hip replacement?
During hip replacement surgery, an artificial joint is inserted to replace damaged cartilage and bone due to arthritis, a broken hip, a bone tumor, or some other cause. The actual process of hip replacement in San Antonio, TX, includes replacing the upper end of the thighbone (femur) with a metal ball and resurfacing the hip socket in the pelvic bone with a metal shell and plastic liner.
What is recovery like?
We at Sports, Occupational & Knee Surgery in San Antonio, TX want you to know that recovery from hip replacement surgery itself is short. The incision is as small as possible and usually limited by the patient’s weight and stiffness. Hip replacement requires a hospitalization for approximately one week plus or minus depending on the patient. Rehab may vary depending on how long you have waited to get the surgery. In most cases, full weight bearing is immediate with the aid of assisted ambulatory devices such as a walker or cane. Rehabilitation is basically getting your body back. After the actual hip replacement in San Antonio, TX takes place, physical therapy and home exercises continue until you are able to function independently. Staying with your walking and exercise program will help speed your recovery.
Our compassionate and professional staff at Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery will follow through with each patient until they reach full recovery. We hope to be your practice of choice when needing a hip replacement in San Antonio, Tx.
Who should have hip replacement surgery?
Patients who are losing their health, losing the ability to do the things they want to do, or are losing good insurance should have hip replacement surgery.
What does hip replacement surgery involve?
Hip replacement surgery is a one to two hour procedure during which the ball and cup of the worn out joint is replaced. For more on the surgery, view Sports, Occupational, & Knee Surgery’s 3D animation video of a hip replacement.
How long is the recovery and rehabilitation period after a hip replacement?
Recovery of a hip replacement depends entirely on each individual patient. This takes into consideration how out of shape the patient has become while waiting for the surgery.
How do I prepare for hip replacement surgery?
Exercising as much as possible and taking care of other medical conditions before a hip replacement surgery is suggested.
How long will my hip replacement last?
Hip replacement results last depending on age and athletic demands of each patient.
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