When considering hip replacement surgery, it is vital to have a thorough understanding of both the procedure and the recovery process to help alleviate any anxiety and ensure that you are fully prepared for the journey ahead.

Knowing the steps involved in the surgery and the recovery process can help you make informed decisions about your care, including choosing a qualified orthopedic surgeon like those you will find at the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio.

Additionally, being aware of the risks and benefits associated with the surgery and the steps you can take to promote a successful recovery will assist you in making informed decisions about your care and ultimately lead to a successful outcome.

So, whether you are considering hip replacement surgery or have already decided to undergo the procedure, educating yourself on the surgery and the recovery process is essential to ensure a smooth and successful outcome.

Understanding Your Surgery

This section will walk you through the steps involved in hip replacement surgery.

Step 1: Anesthesia

Before the surgery, the patient will be given general anesthesia to ensure that they are completely asleep and have a pain-free procedure. An anesthesiologist will administer the sedatives and closely monitor the patient throughout the surgery to ensure their safety and comfort.

Step 2: Incisions

One of our surgeons will make an incision over the hip to access the joint. The incision can be made on the hip’s side or back, depending on the surgeon’s preference and the patient’s specific needs. The incision length will vary depending on the hip replacement type.

Step 3: Removing the Damaged Hip Joint

Once the incision has been made, the surgeon will carefully remove the damaged hip joint. This typically involves removing the damaged femoral head and replacing it with a new artificial joint. The damaged part of the socket, called the acetabulum, is removed and then replaced with a metal piece. To keep it secure, screws or a particular type of glue may be used.

Step 4: Placing the Artificial Joint

The artificial joint is then positioned into the hip socket and attached to the thigh bone. This joint is made of metal, plastic or ceramic materials and is designed to mimic the natural movement of the hip joint. The joint is carefully positioned and secured to ensure a snug fit and proper function.

Step 5: Closing the Incision

After the artificial joint is securely in place, the next step is to close the incision. The incision will be closed using sutures, staples, or surgical glue. The method used will depend on the surgeon’s preference, the size and location of the incision, and the patient’s specific needs. The dressing will help protect the incision and prevent infection.

Understanding Your Recovery

Recovering from hip replacement surgery can take several months and involves a combination of rest, physical therapy, and rehabilitation exercises. The following information will walk you through recovery from the first few days following the surgery to several months after the procedure.

First Few Days After Surgery:

In the first few days following your surgery, you will be in the hospital for monitoring and to start physical therapy. Pain management will be a priority, and you will be given medications to help control any discomfort you may experience. You will also be encouraged to start moving your hip by shifting your weight and performing simple leg exercises to promote circulation and prevent blood clots.

Going Home:

Most patients can return home within a few days of the surgery. Before leaving the hospital, your doctor will provide detailed instructions on caring for your hip, managing pain, and performing rehabilitation exercises. You will also receive information on when to follow up with your doctor and schedule physical therapy appointments.

Physical Therapy:

Physical therapy is an integral part of the recovery process. Your physical therapist will work closely with you to develop a personalized exercise plan to help you regain strength and mobility in your hip. This may include exercises such as walking, cycling, and using resistance bands to build strength. Physical therapy sessions may be performed in the hospital or at a physical therapy clinic and may continue for several months after the surgery.

At-Home Exercises:

In addition to physical therapy, you will also be expected to perform at-home exercises to help strengthen your hip and promote a faster recovery. Your physical therapist will typically provide you with a list of activities to perform daily. Following the recommended exercise plan and attending all physical therapy appointments is essential to ensure a successful recovery.

Returning to Normal Activities:

The timeline for returning to normal activities will vary depending on the individual and the type of hip replacement surgery performed. Most patients can return to light activities, such as walking and light household chores, within a few weeks of the surgery. However, it may take several months before you are able to return to more strenuous activities, such as running or playing sports. Your doctor and physical therapist will provide guidance on when it is safe to return to normal activities.

Ready to Alleviate Your Hip Pain?

At the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio, we believe that informed patients are the key to successful hip replacement surgery and recovery. That’s why we are dedicated to providing you with all the information you need to make informed decisions about your care.

If you are considering hip replacement surgery or have already decided to undergo the procedure, we encourage you to take advantage of the resources and expertise available at our practice. Our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists are committed to providing you with the highest quality care and support throughout your journey.

Don’t let hip pain and stiffness hold you back any longer. Take control of your health and schedule a consultation with one of our specialists today by filling out this contact form or giving us a call at (419) 222-6622. Together, we will develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.