If you are considering undergoing a hip replacement, you might be wondering how an artificial hip joint will impact your life after surgery. In fact, this is one of the most common questions received by our orthopedic hip surgeons.
Nearly 300,000 hip replacements are performed each year in the U.S. to treat severe joint degeneration caused by arthritis, injury, or congenital deformity. The procedure involves replacing the damaged components of the joint with a prosthetic ball and socket to relieve pain and restore mobility.
Over the past 50 years, the techniques and equipment used in hip replacement surgery have been continually refined to improve the durability, comfort, and performance of the prosthetics. Today, hip replacement offers much more than relief from chronic hip pain – it enables individuals to return to the activities they love with a substantially improved quality of life.
Expectations After Surgery
At the Joint Surgery Center of Excellence, our orthopedic surgeons utilize an advanced technique for hip replacement that accelerates recovery and maximizes physical capability. Rather than making a large incision and cutting through muscles and tendons to access the joint, our surgeons’ minimally invasive approach avoids muscles entirely. Only one tendon is cut and then repaired at the end of surgery. This soft tissue sparing approach creates less tissue damage and translates to a quicker recovery.
Immediately after surgery, your new artifical hip is stable enough to support full body weight. Our surgeons use the largest artificial ball and socket combination for each patient, which allows for excellent range of motion and stability. Physical therapy will begin as early as the same day of surgery to reduce pain while improving range of motion and strength in the leg and hip. Within eight weeks of surgery, you should be able to perform the following activities without limitation:
- sexual activity
Pain and stiffness of the hip should be mostly resolved within eight weeks. Some patients may require additional physical therapy before they feel comfortable performing more strenuous activity.
Protecting Your Artificial Hip
Though a prosthetic hip will enable you to return to many activities pain-free, our surgeons advise some restrictions that will help to prevent complications and preserve your physical capability. High-impact or contact athletics, such as running, soccer, football, or hockey, can accelerate wear of the implant and participation in these activities should be limited.. Additional ways to protect your hip and extend the life of your implant include:
- Engage in regular, light exercise to maintain proper strength and mobility of your hip
- Take precautions to avoid falls which might risk injuring your hip
- Take antibiotics before certain dental procedures to prevent infection of the implant
- Follow up with your orthopedic surgeon for routine exams to ensure proper stability of your hip
An artificial hip can function well for over 20 years with the proper physical rehabilitation and precautions. For many people suffering chronic and debilitating hip pain, a hip replacement can restore the freedom to perform activities that would have been given up with alternative treatments.
Contact a Beverly Hills Hip Surgeon
The Joint Surgery Center of Excellence houses a team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons specializing in hip replacement surgery. Our surgeons’ technical expertise, combined with a state-of-the-art outpatient facility in Beverly Hills, has led to excellent success rates and overall patient satisfaction.
To schedule a consultation with one of our renowned orthopedic hip surgeons, contact us at (888) 318-2842.