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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Hip Replacement (Definition)

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


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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?

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?

Hip replacement: Risks include infection, bleed, react to anesthesia, possible nerve damage, foot drop, blood clots, death, decreased function, increased pain, possible further surgery, periprosthetic fracture/dislocation, revision, leg length inequality. ...Read more

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What is recovery and rehab like after a hip replacement?

What is recovery and rehab like after a hip replacement?

Easy: The recovery is faster and easier than you think. Exercise to strengthen the hip. Work on balance and gait pattern. Therapy will help you do all the above and make sure you know what you should and should not do. ...Read more

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What is involved in recovery from? A total hip replacement?

What is involved in recovery from? A total hip replacement?

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

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How long is the recovery for having a total hip replacement?

How long is the recovery for having a total hip replacement?

6-12 weeks: Usually 6 to 12 weeks but depending on the surgery and the individual this can vary. ...Read more

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What is hip recovery time after getting a hip replacement surgery?

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

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How complicated is the recovery for double hip replacement surgery?

How complicated is the recovery for double hip replacement surgery?

Not easy: 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

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Recovery after hip replacement surgery is relatively short, correct?

Recovery after hip replacement surgery is relatively short, correct?

Yes: Recovery from hip replacement is short involving assisted walking, falls prevention, and general strengthening. The leg may hurt and swell for a few weeks after surgery, so pushing it too fast is unwise. In general, though, mobility returns quickly. ...Read more

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Which type of recovery should I expect after hip replacement surgery?

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

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Could you tell me what are some complications of total hip replacement pertaining to recovery?

Could you tell me what are some complications of total hip replacement pertaining to recovery?

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

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What is the recovery time for hip replacement surgery? What is the usual recovery time for hip replacement surgery?

What is the recovery time for hip replacement surgery? What is the usual recovery time for hip replacement surgery?

Depends: The type of hip surgery will dictate. The type of implant and approach affect the recovery as well. Anterior approach returns to function faster about 2 weeks vs posterior which can take 6 weeks or more. ...Read more

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What is average recovery time for hip replacement?

What is average recovery time for hip replacement?

THA recovery: Usually up walking on it full weight bearing by the next morning, sometimes even the night of surgery. Lots of pt and therapy: start with walker, progress to cane and stairs. 6 weeks for collagen and soft tissue to heal. ...Read more

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What is the average recovery time of a hip replacement?

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

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What is a typical recovery time for a hip replacement? How soon can I return to work?

What is a typical recovery time for a hip replacement? How soon can I return to work?

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

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Can anyone give run down on post-op recovery from hip replacement?

3+ months: Total recovery can take up to 1 year, but most of the recovery is accomplished by 3 months post-op. It usually involves 2-3 days in the hospital, early mobilization with full weight-bearing, driving within 6 wks, back to work on average 2 months after surgery. ...Read more

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What shoes should I avoid during Hip replacement recovery? Can I wear open toes slippers?

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

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My 92 year old mother fell and broke her hip. I am hopeful for recovery. Does that mean hip replacement? This just happened.

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

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How long is the recpvery for a hip replacement and how long will the replacement last?

Hip Replacement: 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

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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

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How dangerous is a hip replacement?

How dangerous is a hip replacement?

Very safe: Statistically, only 2-3% of patients will have a problem or complication after surgery that could require readmission to the hospital or further surgery. ...Read more

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What can I expect after a hip replacement?

Buttocks pain: Buttocks muscle pain from surgery sixweeks also hip abductotrs muscle on side of hip that pul leg away will be sore you canwalk the next day the groinpain fromarthriris gets better quickly after. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a hip replacement?

What does it mean to have a hip replacement?

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

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Metal on metal hip replacement causing pain?

Metal on metal hip replacement causing pain?

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

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What are good alternatives to hip replacement?

Therapy: Unfortunately, there are few good alternatives to severe arthritis of the hip. Medications, therapy and activity modification may help symptoms, but the only definitive treatment is usually surgery. ...Read more

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Could a person have more than 1 hip replacement?

Yes: Unfortunately, hip replacement can become loose or wear out with time. While most last decades, some need to be redone much sooner. Almost all hips can be revised if necessary, but the surgery is more complex and often doesn't come out as well as the first time. ...Read more

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What is exactly involved with a hip replacement?

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

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What is the definition or description of: hip replacement?

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