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Hip Replacement Surgery Or Total Replacements?
Written by Steve Robinson   
Replacement There is nothing new about hip replacement there are a lot of people that have to have this done every day. When you need to have hip replacement surgery or total replacements than you will need to know what you can expect at the time of the hip operation and how you can recover as fast as possible. You also need to know the reasons that people have this surgery. There two types of hip replacement that you need to know about. They are cemented hip replacement and un-cemented hip replacement. These will be covered further on.

So do you know when to consider hip replacement?

It really depends on whether a hip replacement will improve the quality of your life. There also may be no other alternative for getting rid of hip problems without the hip replacements. You will need to discuss this with your doctor to find out if your hip pain can be treated in another way or if you will have to have total hip replacement.
Do you know why people need to have hip replacements?

There are quite a few reasons why someone would need to have hip replacements done such as, a fall or something else that is not avoidable that causes pain in your hips. The most common reason behind the need for it is arthritis of the hip which is also known as osteo-arthritis. Over time your joint will wear and it will not be able to perform the role it’s supposed to.

Signs and symptoms of hip degeneration

There are many people who have hip degeneration that will walk with a noticeable limp. Movements such as, backwards, sideways or bending over will become very painful and limited. When you feel this you need to talk to your doctor right away.

There are many variations to the actual surgery and different surgeons prefer different techniques. The reason for the surgery is to remove the degenerate head of the femur and then replace that with a prosthetic implant with a new socket or acetabulum in the pelvis. This will create a totally new articular structure that is referred to as a total hip replacement or THR.

What you can expect after hip surgery?

After you have had the operation you will more than likely have drains to remove any bleeding from your hip. You will also be taking some type of analgesia and even possibly a blood thinning medication. This will be up to your doctor.
After surgery you will need to have physical therapy. Your physical therapist will probably want you to do some simple bed exercises that will help you have good circulation and will help to aid in your recovery. The first two days you will be helped by your therapist to get you out of bed and walking. You will start out with small distances and it will gradually increase over time. You may have to have crutches or a frame to help you walk at first until you are confident enough to do it on your own without help. You will want to follow the advice of your doctor so that you don’t hurt yourself again and so that you can recover quicker.

When you have an un-cemented hip you will be advised to use crutches to help reduce the amount of weight you put on your hip for the first six weeks. When you have a cemented hip you will be able to put your full body weight on it the first time you can get up. So you will need to talk to your therapist and decide how long you will need walking aids.

After surgery you will be encouraged to walk on a regular basis and to watch that you are walking correctly. This is the best way you can recover when you have had hip replacement. You don’t want to do any exercise regimes because you can hurt yourself again.
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