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Doctor insights on: What Things Can Make A Post Hip Replacement Patient More Comfortable

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What things can make a post hip replacement patient more comfortable?

What things can make a post hip replacement patient more comfortable?

Pain control: I guess pain control with strong analgesics and cushions of all kinds. If still in bed bars or something to pull while moving in bed ( ask physical therapists). What part of the odyns uncomfortable? Talk to the surgeon in charge. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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After hip replacement how often are patients really happy with their new hip ?

Excellent results: Patient satisfaction with the outcomes of hip replacement surgery are excellent overall. Reported satisfaction rates for patients are high, based on low complication rates and reliable resolution of arthritis pain. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon for any additional questions. ...Read more

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How many new hip replacement patients are not really happy with their new hip ?

How many new hip replacement patients are not really happy with their new hip ?

Less than 5%: About 95% of patients have what is characterized as a good or excellent result, which means that they have relief of their preoperative pain, and return of their lost function. ...Read more

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What are the demographics of hip replacement surgery patients?

What are the demographics of hip replacement surgery patients?

Changing: When first introduced, hip replacement was people over 65. As the prosthesis and our surgical knowledge have improved, we have been able to successfully get good long term results. This has allowed us to provide hip replacements for very young, in their thirties, and active patients with destroyed and painful hips. ...Read more

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What advice would you have for a patient that underwent total hip replacement surgery?

Follow docs advice: You should follow your doctors advice for recovery and long term followup. It is important to return periodically ( every 2-4 years) to your doctor to have the total hip replacement evaluated by x-ray to make sure it is functioning properly. Otherwise, enjoy your hip with the guidelines you have been provided. ...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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Can a surgeon ethically drop a patient & cancel a scheduled surgery due to patient's injury lead to a pending lawsuit? I am in desperate need of a hip replacement due to traumatic impact to the hip from a fall. My case is pending and it looks like there

Can a surgeon ethically drop a patient & cancel a scheduled surgery due to patient's injury lead to a pending lawsuit? I am in desperate need of a hip replacement due to traumatic impact to the hip from a fall.  My case is pending and it looks like there

This : This is a difficult question to answer. If a person is having a true medical or surgical emergency, then there are laws that require a hospital and a doctor to take care of that emergency problem for the patient. If it is an elective, non-emergency condition, then it is up to the doctor or surgeon and their personal and office policies as to what services they will offer or accept. It is not uncommon for medical or surgical offices to not accept a medical lien from an attorney's office or third party injury insurance company, waiting to see if payment is accepted in the future. Also there would be hospital fees for a major surgery, and some hospitals also may not accept this type of payment pending legal actions. The surgeon would not be able to perform the operation without the cooperation and availability of the hospital, as well as the anesthesiologist for the surgery too. It may also depend on the severity or expected surgical difficulty of the condition and the medical-legal risks that the doctor's office feels that they may be entering into. You may need to ask your attorney what he/she feels your options are for payments or coverage. The hippocratic oath has to do with offering the best and proper care, not causing harm, and not performing unnecessary or harmful treatments or procedures. I believe that the oath does not mandate that a doctor must take care of all patients for all conditions at the patient's request. ...Read more

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