You have tried everything, almost everything, but still the hip pain is holding you back from living your life the way you want. You want to jog; you want to jump in air; you want to go up and down the stair fleet in a jiffy; but the hip pain is stopping you from doing all this.
Total Hip Replacement or total hip arthoplasty involves removing the damaged or diseased sections of one’s hip joint, and replacing them with the artificial sections, which are usually made up of metal or hard plastic. The new joints ensure that the patient lives his/her life just like a normal person next door, and does not have to run away from all the fun things that involve movements.
The surgery is for those who find their hip pain unbearable, and have tried the more-conservative treatments, but have not received much respite. The new joint ensures reduced pain and improved function. It is often the hip arthritis that leads to the need for a total hip replacement surgery.
Why total hip replacement is done?
Here are some of the conditions that may necessitate a hip replacement.
Osteoarthritis – it is the damage of the slick cartilage that covers the ends of the bones that form a hip joint. A healthy slick cartilage ensures smooth movements; however, when it gets damaged due to wear and tear, doctors may suggest a total hip replacement.
Rheumatoid arthritis – This form of arthritis is caused by an overactive immune system, which produces inflammation that erodes bones and cartilage, which then necessitates a transplant surgery.
One may consider the transplant in following conditions:
When the person is experiencing severe pain that persists even after pain medication
When the pain gets worse with walking
When it becomes extremely difficult to rise from a seated position
When the pain affects your ability to walk up and down stairs
How should one prepare for the transplant?
You will meet your surgeon a few days before the transplant. He will ask about your medical history and may conduct a physical exam to see that you are physical fit for the surgery. He may also ask for few tests like blood tests, MRI, and x-rays. He will also examine your hip, and pay special attention to the range of motion in your hip joint. This helps the surgeon get to know more the problem.
You may ask the surgeon about the medications that you should take or avoid before and after the surgery. You may also ask the surgeon a few questions about the total hip replacement surgery that you might have on the back of your mind.
Last, but not the least, major surgeries, like total hip replacement, may result in some major as well as minor complications. Major complications are rare these days. And the minor ones can be easily managed with medicines. Post-operative care is something that the patient and his/her family should be extremely careful about; post-operative care has a huge impact on how you recover from the surgeries, like hip replacements.
Author bio –
Rashmi Nair is a globe trotter. She has travelled to over 15 countries, and is presently preparing for her next big travel. When she is not traveling, she writes on subjects that excite her. She writes on medical topics, such as total hip replacements; and she also writes on the places she goes to.
Time: June 23, 2014 at 9:07 am