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Doctor insights on: How Long Will You Be On Pain Medication After Total Hip Replacement

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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 kinds of medication is recommended for a patient who underwent total hip replacement surgery?

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. ...Read more

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How is leg length discrepancy measured after total hip replacement? How long should one wait to evaluate?

How is leg length discrepancy measured after total hip replacement? How long should one wait to evaluate?

Let me explain: Limb length discrepancy can be measured by a physician during a physical examination and through x-rays. Usually, the physician measures the level of the hips when the patient is standing barefoot. A series of measured wooden blocks may be placed under the short leg until the hips are leveled.If the physician believes a more precise measurement is needed, he or she may use x-rays. (scanogram). ...Read more

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After total hip replacement surgery, is it normal for the operated leg to be a little bit longer than the good one?

Can be: While i wouldn't call it normal, leg lengthening is a potential result of total hip replacement and can be no big deal or a significant disability. Leg lengthening has become less common with newer implants and surgical techniques. Significant lengthening can be balanced with a heel lift in the other shoe. ...Read more

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How long do a total hip replacement last?

How long do a total hip replacement last?

Depends: Longevity of hip replacements depend on patient factors such as activity and weight, surgeon factors such as the accuracy of implantation, and implant factors. European registry data suggest that greater than 85% of hips will still be working well at 15 yrs after implantation. ...Read more

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Total hip replAcement. How long for recuperating?

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

Dr. John Michalski
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Total Hip Replacement (Definition)

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


Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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Pain Medication (Definition)

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