Hip Replacement Surgery

What is hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement surgery, also known as total hip replacement, is a surgical procedure to replace the hip joint with a prosthetic implant. It is for those whose hip has been damaged by one or more forms of arthritis, a dislocation, a fracture or some other cause, and is causing chronic pain and a loss of mobility.

Hip replacement surgery is recommended for patients with hip pain that is limiting their daily activities, such as walking, standing or bending, as well as those experiencing pain at night, stiffness that limits the ability to move or lift a leg, and those who have not experienced pain relief from medication or physical therapy.

Hip replacement surgery

How is the surgery performed?

During hip replacement surgery, the surgeon makes an incision over the hip. The damaged sections of the hip are removed and replaced with an artificial implant into the pelvic bone. The surgeon then inserts a metal stem into the top of the thighbone, and then a replacement ball is placed on the stem.

Is hip surgery covered by insurance?

When considered medically necessary, hip replacement surgery is covered by health insurance and Medicare.

How quickly can I get back to my regular routine after hip surgery?

Recovery from hip replacement surgery and the resumption of normal activities typically takes between 3 and 6 weeks. However, many patients are able to walk within 24 hours of the surgery.

Are there any side effects to hip surgery?

Although rare, complications can include infection, blood clots, joint loosening and changes in leg length.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact West Coast Orthopedics today.

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