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How can you rehab after a total hip replacement?

How can you rehab after a total hip replacement?

At home or center: Hip replacement rehabilitation begins in the hospital shortly after hip surgery. Continued rehab may then continue at home with the proper home nursing rehab team or in a rehabilation center. See which your surgeon prefers and your insurance covers. Don't cut corners on this type of procedure only to develop problems years later. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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 restrictions will I have after a total hip replacement?

What restrictions will I have after a total hip replacement?

Not many: After hip replacement, i allow my patients to return to any activity that they are comfortable doing. Every patient finds certain things they can and certain things they cannot do comfortably. For example, I have a champion powerlifter, but he is not comfortable jogging. I have a bilateral hip replacement patient who is training for a marathon. All i ask is that they get an x-ray every 1-2 yrs. ...Read more

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Should a woman wear high heels after a total hip replacement?

Should a woman wear high heels after a total hip replacement?

Yes: Evidence suggests that high heels do not adversely affect the hip after the surgery has had time to heal. ...Read more

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Is it normal that I have so much pain in my back after a total hip replacement?

Is it normal that I have so much pain in my back after a total hip replacement?

No: Although the lower back and the hip work in coordination, it would be very unusual to see significant increase in low back pain after hip replacement. Improved mobility in the new hip replacement may actually lessen the strain on the lower back. Talk to your surgeon and consider seeing a physical therapist for help. ...Read more

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Could i return to school after a total hip replacement?

Could i return to school after a total hip replacement?

Yes: Within a coulpe of weeks you should be able to tolerate sitting for an hour or so on a pillow. ...Read more

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Has anyone gotten pregnant after a total hip replacement?

Has anyone gotten pregnant after  a total hip replacement?

Yes: Pregnancy is not an issue to worry about after a tha. I have had many patients get pregnant afterwards with no problems. ...Read more

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Will I be able to return to school soon after a total hip replacement?

Will I be able to return to school soon after a total hip replacement?

Yes: You might return two to six weeks after surgery depending on pain levels and transportation needs. ...Read more

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How long does it take to sit for an 8 hour shift after a total hip replacement? At 4 weeks post op I can only sit upright with a pillow for 2 hours.

How long does it take to sit for an 8 hour shift after a total hip replacement? At 4 weeks post op I can only sit upright with a pillow for 2 hours.

It is variable but: generally by 4 months post-op you should be comfortable sitting for that long. Don't forget that a total hip replacement is a major surgery with a major piece of hardware. ...Read more

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What leg motions can be done after a total hip replacement?

It depends...: Early movement restrictions are based on the surgical method used. Extreme positions need to be avoided in the first 6 weeks no matter what. If an anterior approach is used, hyperextension combined with rotating the foot outward can be a problem. If a posterior approach is used, the risky move is hip flexion (bringing hip up to chest) combined with internal rotation. Eventually, most are safe. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a joint infection after a total hip replacement surgery?

See your surgeon: This is potentially serious complication that needs to be treated by your surgeon. Depending on how long it has been present, this may require a surgery to wash out the joint, or removal of the joint, followed by weeks of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Total hip replacement failure rate?

Low: Patient factors, implant factors, and surgeon factors all contribute to the longevity of hip replacements. Based on european registry data, greater that 85% of hip replacements will still be functioning well 15 years after implantation. ...Read more

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How can I prepare for a total hip replacement?

How can I prepare for a total hip replacement?

Be informed...: Ask questions, understand the procedure, the risks, the recovery time frame, the number of procedures a year your physician performs and whether or not the hospital has an orthopedic unit to manage you after surgery. Exercising as tolerated is always useful too. The stronger you are heading into surgery, the stronger you are coming out. ...Read more

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Is the total hip replacement a risky thing to do?

Not too Risky: There are some risks and these should be discussed with your surgeon. But in general the risks are low and the benefits for the right patient are significant. ...Read more

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Total hip replAcement. How long for recuperating?

Varies: It varies a lot based upon the patient and also the technique used. Most patients are doing well by 2-6 weeks, but you can improve even to 6 months after surgery. ...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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What do you recommend if I had 2 total hip replacement cppd?

What do you recommend if I had 2 total hip replacement cppd?

Time & NSAIDS: If you are referring to calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease, then it is a self limited process. Your physician usually prescribes anti inflammatory medications, rest, ice and activity modification for the course of the symptoms, but as stated, it is a self limited process and you should not have long term issues. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Rehab (Definition)

Rehab is an abbreviation for rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is the process of restoring one back to good physical or mental health ...Read more


Dr. John Michalski
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Total Hip Replacement (Definition)

Replacement of hip ball and socket...Or ...Read more