Primary Hip Replacement
Primary hip replacement, also known as total hip arthroplasty, is a
procedure in which a damaged or diseased hip joint is replaced with an
joint. This procedure is typically performed for patients with severe
hip pain and
disability due to conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid
arthritis, or hip
fracture. Here is some information about primary hip replacement and
can expect from the procedure.
During primary hip replacement surgery, the damaged hip joint is removed and
with an artificial joint made of metal, plastic, or ceramic components. The
typically performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately 1-2
complete. After the surgery, patients are typically monitored in the
several days and may receive pain medication and physical therapy to help
strength and mobility.
Recovery from primary hip replacement surgery can take several weeks to
will need to use crutches or a walker for several weeks and participate in
therapy to help improve strength and mobility in the hip joint. It is
patients to follow their healthcare provider’s instructions for
including avoiding certain activities and medications, to minimize the risk
complications such as infection or dislocation of the new hip joint.
Primary hip replacement surgery can provide significant relief from hip pain
disability, allowing patients to return to activities that they may have
unable to do. The artificial hip joint can last for many years and can help
quality of life for patients with severe hip conditions.