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What kinds of medication is recommended for a patient who underwent total hip replacement surgery?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Total hip: Initially, spinal and femoral block anesthesia with an injection of pain medication cocktail into the operative area. Then iv/im morphine or similar agent, percocet, vicodin, tylenol (acetaminophen). Sometimes nsaids after the acute period, when off significant anticoagulants.
Dr. John Dearborn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 30 years experience
Should be okay: I recommend using an epidural for the surgery and then transition to oral medications a few hours later. I'd also suggest talking to your doctor about giving your a few different types of pain medication immediately before surgery, which helps reduce the amount of pain you experience afterward. Fortunately, hip replacements do not hurt that much - most of our patients walk the same day day.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

What advice would you have for a patient that underwent total hip replacement surgery?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
HIP REPLACEMENT: Hip replacement is major surgery and takes many hours to do it. Severe swelling after or is due to traumatic surgery and not well established circulation yet. They have to use crutches, undergo intensive physical therapy to properly walk again.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the survival rate from ?Total hip replacement surgery?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
High: By survival rate i assume you mean how long the implant will work and not how long long you will live after surgery. Most patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty survive their surgeries and go on to enjoy their new hips. The hips themselves can last 20 years or more now.

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