If you have been experiencing painful hip issues that limit your ability to walk and enjoy other activities, hip replacement surgery may be an option. Our medical team at Spine & Orthopedic Specialists Tulsa perform this procedure regularly, and have seen many patients experience tremendous results. By removing damaged or diseased tissues, it can free you from pain, restore function, and improve your overall quality of life.

Planning for Hip Replacement Surgery

According to studies from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), more than two million people had hip replacement surgery in 2014. Whereas it was once thought of as a procedure mainly for older adults, an increasing number of patients under the age of 65 are now considering it as an option.

Hip replacement surgery involves removing damaged tissues from the hip joint and replacing it with manmade parts. Surgery generally lasts one to two hours, and our medical team will discuss anesthesia options with you, and will provide instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure. To prepare for your surgery, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends the following:

  • Make arrangements regarding transportation for the day of your surgery.
  • In the week or so after your procedure, you may want to arrange for someone to check in on you and perform some of the tasks you usually do around your home.
  • Give thought to stocking up your pantry cabinet for items that are healthy and easy to make. You may even want to do some advance cooking so that you have meals ready in your freezer.
  • During early recovery, rest is important. Place items such as glasses, books, your cell phone, and television remote control near your bed or chair, where they will be easy to reach.

Taking Care of Yourself after a Hip Replacement

In terms of recovery from hip replacement surgery, the AAOS advises that you can expect to remain in the hospital for one to four days after, depending on how you are feeling and any symptoms you may experience. Prior to discharge, our doctors will want to ensure your pain is manageable and you are able to eat, sleep, use the bathroom, and walk with some assistance.

While hip replacement is a common procedure, it is a major surgery and as such you need to be alert for any signs of infection. Symptoms to watch out for during your recovery include:

  • Chills and persistent fever over 100 degrees;
  • Redness, pain, or swelling in or around the hip that was replaced;
  • Drainage of your surgical site wound;
  • Pain that increases during activities or keeps you from getting rest.

It is also important to be alert for signs of blood clots, Any pain, swelling, or tenderness in your legs or feet, shortness of breath, or sudden chest pain should be reported to your doctor immediately. To find out more about hip replacement surgery or whether it might be right for you, call or contact our office online and request an appointment with Spine & Orthopedic Specialists Tulsa today.