Hip pain is felt around the hip joint, which is the place of the upper end of the thigh bone known as femur enters the socket in the hip bone. Pain is felt in the groin and it is also felt in the lower area like knee and in your thigh. Sometimes surgeons opt for hip replacement surgery to eliminate the severe pain experienced in the hip joint. This pain is caused due to arthritis or deterioration of the hip joint bones caused due to regular use and aging. This treatment will be opted by the surgeon only if all other conventional treatment options like hip joint injections and physical therapy have been proved to be futile in reducing the pain and inconveniences due to hip problem.
How the hip surgery is conducted?
Hip replacement surgeries are usually performed in the traditional manner using a long cut made by the doctor along the hip side. This surgery is usually done under general anesthesia so that the muscles are relaxed and the patient is put to deep sleep. As an alternative some spinal surgeons opt for spinal anesthesia to prevent pain. The surgeon opens the hip joint as well as the ball portion is removed by cutting one’s thigh bone using a saw. Now the surgeon attaches the artificial joint with the help of cement or special material that allows the bone to be attached to the new joint.
What happens after the hip surgery?
After the surgery the patient will be required stay in the hospital for about six days. Usually the patient will be required to stay in the bed keeping a wedge-shaped pillow between the legs so that the new hip joint remains in its correct place. The patient will be provided with a drainage tube connected to his bladder to make urination easier. After one day physical therapy starts and the patient can walk with the help of crutches for some weeks.
Pivoting on the leg connected to the replaced hip has to be avoided for a period of six to twelve months after the hip replacement surgery Mclean. The involved leg should not be lifted past the middle line of the body and the patient should not bend the hip above 90 degrees. This included bending the waist in the forward direction and squatting.
Your physical therapist will help you to practice exercises specially designed for your specific needs without crossing the above mentioned limits. Follow the guidelines and precautions suggested by your physical trainer. If the limits are not followed scrupulously it can lead to relocation of the hip joint necessitating further surgical procedures.