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Hip Replacement Recovery Elderly
Yes: Age is not a contraindication for joint replacement. ...Read more
Total hip replacement: surgery in which the diseased ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and replaced with artificial materials. A metal ball with a stem (a prosthesis) is inserted into the femur (thigh bone) and an artificial plastic cup socket is placed in the acetabulum (a "cup-shaped" ...Read more
No one gets: It done "all the time" it's used for diseased joints. ...Read more
What are the dangers of hip replacement? I've had several elderly relatives pass away from complications after hip replacement. What are the dangers of hip replacement in the elderly?
Rest: More of the hip replacement is about time and healing. There are certainly hip precautions and learning how to take care of the hip, therapy to be able to get in/out if bed, and general strengthening and conditioning to return to activity. However, it is more about resting and allowing the surgery to heal than anythig else. ...Read more
4 to 6 weeks: All depend upon what kind of prosthesis is used and what surgical approach. The mallority of the time now you can get out of bed the followind day of the surgery and start ambulation with a walker and in 2 to 3 weeks can graduate to a 4 prone cane, pt is usually helpful and you can be independent in 2 months. ...Read more
Obviously there are potential complications
from a medical point of view.
The recovery for a hip replacement takes
several months to decrease pain, increase
motion, increase strength and gradually
normalize your gait.
After this procedure, one can improve for
6-12 months afterward
i would suggest doing only one side at a time due to the extensive surgery and
recovery. ...Read more
Excellent: When arthritis or other problem leads to deterioration of the hip, pain is interfering with activities of daily living, and conservative care isn't working, then a hip replacement is a good surgical option. It can be done from the front or back and 95% do well. Risks include infection, instability, limb length discrepancy, nerve damage, and blood clots, but these are infrequent (<5%). Most do well. ...Read more
Multiple: In general, the complication rate after tha is around 2%, depending on patient and surgeon factors. Complications after tha can include blood clots in the legs or lungs, bleeding, nerve damage, infection, dislocation of the hip, loosening of the implant, or fracture. These are all low frequency events that can occur. Late complications can include wear and loosening of the prosthesis. ...Read more
What is the recovery time for hip replacement surgery? What is the usual recovery time for hip replacement surgery?
6 - 12 weeks: Most patients have resumed normal activity at about 6 weeks but can take up to a year for a full recovery. ...Read more
Don't rush back: The patient knows the requirements of their particular job. People who need to be on their feet a lot should wait 6 weeks. Sedentary workers can return on a limited basis earlier. ...Read more
A few issues: A few things to consider: they should be comfortable, certainly; have a good "tread"along a fall unlikely; finally, it would be best if they can be put on and off easily. What I mean by that is that you don't want initially to have to bend over real far to put on or toe your shoe as there is a risk of hip dislocation peri operatively if you lean over too far at the waist. ...Read more
My 92 year old mother fell and broke her hip. I am hopeful for recovery. Does that mean hip replacement? This just happened.
Not always: Depending on where the break is, a surgeon maybe able to do an open reduction with internal fixation- plates and screws- to repair the fracture. This usually means less time in the or with less anesthesia. The faster she goes to the or and the less time in hospital she spends, the less likely she will have complications like confusion, bed sores and functional decline. ...Read more
1.5yrs recovery of pedicle subtraction osteotomy. Now have hip labral tear from 12-3o clock + more. Pt told me a hip replacement would be an easier recovery than a labral repair. Agree or not and why?
Talk to Surgeon: Your pt may be right (or may not be). Independent of that the question is what do you need done to fix the problem. Only your orthopedic surgeon can answer that. ...Read more
My father-in-law has a staph infection from a "fixed" artificial hip replacement, congestive heart failure and needs dialysis? Recovery?
Recovery varies by patient- typical recovery between 6-12 weeks.
Most modern replacements have proven track records to last 15 or more years- with some replacements lasting much longer. How well you take care of your hip replacement will dictate how long it will last. No implant will last forever, unfortunately. ...Read more
How soon after hip replacement can I have another surgery like liposuction? I can't have the lipo first due to emergency hip replace needed
6 months: At least 6 months. The person you want to ask that question is the orthopedic surgeon doing the hip replacement. He/she should make the call. Also, the ortho doc will probably cover you with antibiotics to prevent infection of the hip replacement. Also make sure the liposuction doc knows about the hip replacement. ...Read more
An artificial hip: The hip joint consists of a ball and socket formed of bone and cartilage. The diseased bone is removed and a new ball and socket, usually made out of metal and plastic is inserted surgically. The new hip, while mechanical, works in a manner very close to a normal hip joint. ...Read more
Possible: Some patients experience a local tissue reactionto the metal on metal implant not seen with other implant combinations. Other patients can have pain due to metal debri esp. If there is damage to the polished surface. All hip replacemens can hurt from loosening, infection and stress reactions to name a few. ...Read more
Total hip involves:
Total hip replacement involves replacing the ball and socket joint of the hip. The ball (femoral head) is removed and replaced with a metal stem and ball (the ball can be metal, ceramic, or oxinium). The acetabulum (socket) is removed of diseased cartilage and a metal cup is inserted. Within the cup, a liner is placed.
For more information, contact your doctor to learn more. ...Read more
Total Hip: Total hip replacement: surgery in which the diseased ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and replaced with artificial materials. A metal ball with a stem (a prosthesis) is inserted into the femur (thigh bone) and an artificial plastic cup socket is placed in the acetabulum (a "cup-shaped" part of the pelvis. ...Read more
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