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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

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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?

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?

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 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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Why might someone have pain in their back after a total hip replacement?

Why might someone have pain in their back after a total hip replacement?

Ligament strain: Low back pain post-hip arthroplasty might represent ligament strain on pelvis joints; sacroiliac joints are the largest joints in axial spine. Post-op soft tissue injury or leg length inequality might explain. The only study able to define leg length inequality is imaging scannogram. If your Orthopedist discounts your discomfort, then see an Osteopath. Solution might simply be a one-side heel lift. ...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?

What movements are constrained following a total hip replacement?

Few if any: Total hip replacement should restore motion in an arthritic hip, often to the range that was present before arthritis developed. Implant position can impair some movement and some hip positions may be discouraged by your surgeon (ie: the splits, excessive hip rotation, hyperflexion with internal rotation, or some yoga positions). ...Read more

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Can I have a total hip replacement if I have staph?

Can I have a total hip replacement if I have staph?

No: All infections should be treated before considering hip replacement. ...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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Is it safe to get cortisone injections after getting a total hip replacement?

Yes: Hard to know when the tha was and where the injection is to be done. The general answer is that yes it is safe to have a cortizone (hydrocortisone) injection after already having a total joint surgery. Make sure there is appropriate sterile technique used! ...Read more

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I need a total hip replacement but have a 10-month-old daughter. How do I deal with handling both?

I need a total hip replacement but have a 10-month-old daughter. How do I deal with handling both?

Will need help: You can have your hip replaced if it is painful and activity limiting. You will need help to care for your baby while in the hospital and for the first few days you are home. After that, you should be independent in most activities but may still be using a walker, cane, or crutches for a few weeks. ...Read more

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I had a total hip replacement almost 4 years ago. I'd like to get a tattoo on that hip but am wondering if that would be safe.

Why risk it: That hip is prone to getting infected which is why you need antibiotics for the dentist etc. The skin can be washed with a sterilizing solution like betadine then dried and wiped clean followed by immediate tattooing. There is still a risk of getting an infection so I say why risk it. ...Read more

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If a person had a total hip replacement (anterolatera), then what are stable leg motions?

Stable: These are exactly what their name implies; motions that promote a stable leg; and this is important especially after hip/joint replacement as part of the rehabilitative process. Ask the orthopedist/physical therapist for more about this. ...Read more

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What about a total hip replacement?

What about a total hip replacement?

Wonderful: The hip replacement is one of the best procedures we can perform. It takes patients with daily pain and inability to live a quality life, and within weeks allows the patient to start a new life. It does have risks, and those need to be weighed against the benefits. Knee replacements and shoulder replacements are similar. ...Read more

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How many people under 56 have had a total hip replacement?

Overal l a small %: The number of people under 60 who have hip replacements is growing. It is a small percentage of the overall number of replacements but still a large number nationally.

A younger person must understand that there is a good chance that they will need a revision or second hip replacement in the future. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Why would a teenager need a total hip replacement?

Young THA: Dysplasia, trauma, avascular change, developmental issues, among others, may make tha a good choice in a teenager. Other considerations to pelvic, acetabular, and femoral osteotomies should be entertained as well. ...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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What is the pain is involved when having a total hip replacement operation.?

Mild to moderate: The pain with hip replacment surgery is a function of the damage to the tissues as one tries to accurately place the new joint. Surgeons using techniques to minimize the damage will have less pain post op. The direct anterior approach to hip replacement offers the least damage to the muscles when performed by a surgeon experienced in this technique. ...Read more

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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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Is a total hip replacement is contraindicated to MRI or not?

No, quality affected: Total hip replacement is not a contraindication for MRI. However, the metal in the prosthesis can significantly degrade the images, especially directly around the prosthesis. If the pathology of interest is far away from the hip, it may not matter. If it is close to the joint it will. Titianium and Cobalt-Chrome have much less problem than other metals. ...Read more

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Where is a total hip replacement usually done? At a hospital?

Where is a total hip replacement usually done? At a hospital?

In the hospital: Yes the hospital should be equipped for this surgery not every hospital can do it. ...Read more

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What movements are contraindicated following a total hip replacement?

Anterior total hip: No specific hip precautions for a direct anterior approach hip replacement. Patient can bend over immediately to tie his/her shoes. ...Read more

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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

Dr. John Michalski
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Total Hip Replacement (Definition)

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