Hip Replacement Surgery is a procedure in which a doctor surgically removes a painful hip joint with arthritis and replaces it with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components. It usually is done when all other treatment options have failed to provide adequate pain relief. The procedure should relieve a painful hip joint, making walking easier.


Why is it done?

Conditions that can damage the hip joint necessitate hip replacement surgeries which include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis & Osteonecrosis. 
You might consider hip replacement if you’re experiencing hip pain that:

  • Persists, despite pain medication
  • Worsens with walking, even with a cane or walker
  • Interferes with your sleep
  • Affects your ability to go up or downstairs
  • Makes it difficult to rise from a seated position

What Happens During the Surgery?

Hip Replacement surgery can be performed traditionally or by using what is considered a minimally-invasive technique. The main difference between the two procedures is the size of the incision.

After Surgery Procedure

Avoid pivoting or twisting on the involved leg from six to 12 months after hip replacement surgery. You should also not cross the involved leg past the midline of the body nor turn the involved leg inward and you should not bend at the hip past 90 degrees. This includes both bending forward at the waist and squatting.
Your physical therapist will provide you with techniques and adaptive equipment that will help you follow any of the above guidelines and precautions while performing daily activities. Remember, by not following your therapist’s recommendations you could dislocate your newly replaced hip joint and may require another surgery.
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