Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement is commonly performed for arthritis and can provide an excellent solution for arthritic pain. The procedure usually takes approximately ninety minutes, and patients are generally admitted for a three to five night stay.
During the procedure, an incision is made on the outside of the upper thigh. Once this has been made, the damaged or diseased parts of the hip, the femoral head and the cup into which it fits, are removed and replaced with an artificial joint.
The patient will have an X-ray to confirm the joint has been positioned well on the day following the operation. The physiotherapists will begin to guide patients through some bed exercises. The physiotherapy will progressively increase over the following few days, to improve movement and walking to ensure patients are confident in the use of their crutches prior to discharge.
Physiotherapy rehabilitation will continue for a few weeks following discharge in an outpatient setting. Patients should regain almost full and pain free movement of the hip within six to nine months following surgery.