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Should I ski after having a total hip replacement?

Should I ski after having a total hip replacement?

Maybe: The risks of engaging in high impact activities following joint replacements are wear, dislocation, and fractures. However, if you were a good skier before the surgery, chances are that you can get back to doing it at a recreational level. But, if skiing is not that important to you, then you should look for activities which are not high impact and do not have significant fall risks. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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Can a woman wear high heels after having a total hip replacement?

Can a woman wear high heels after having a total hip replacement?

Yes: Prolonged and daily use of high heel foot wear may cause problems in the feet especially the front part. But for short periods yes one can, but it is important to train gait with flat foot wear, feel steady and in control and then progress to heels to avoid risk of fall. ...Read more

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Has anyone had problems after having a total hip replacement, just from the device?

Yes: The biggest issue with hip replacement devices currently is the ones that use a metal against metal bearing. This articulation produces small amounts of cobalt and chrome debris that in some patients has caused hypersensitivity reactions, necessitating further surgery. Occasionally, poorly designed devices break, but this is unusual. ...Read more

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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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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 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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What movements are constrained following a total hip replacement?

THA: Hip precautions for posterior approach usually to limit hip flexion greater than 90 degrees, crossing legs past midline. Hip precautions for anterior approach usually less, but limit extremes of hyperextension and extremes of external rotation. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have severe nerve damage following a total hip replacement?

Nerve: Depending on the surgical approach there are several nerves that are at risk. In posterior approaches the sciatic nerve can be damaged or stretched. In the anterior approach the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and the femoral nerve are at risk. If a nerve is injured it can recover but in some cases it can be permanent. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Total Hip Replacement (Definition)

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