- When you go in and are preparing for surgery on the day of your procedure, you may be given general anesthesia or, in some cases, regional anesthesia only. Ask your physician about what he or she plans to arrange for you on surgery day.
- After the incision is made, the surgeon will remove the damaged cartilage from the hip socket and will also take out the upper part of the femur bone, which will have a damaged surface due to the bone-on-bone contact.
- Next, the surgical team will place the prosthetic component, which is made of metal or medical-grade plastic. This may be secured with or without the use of cement. Ask your surgeon if he or she plans to use cement.
- Immediately following surgery and for about a day after, you will receive antibiotics via IV. You will also be prescribed anticoagulants (blood thinner to prevent clotting) for about 6 weeks post surgery.
- Afterward, you may have pain from the procedure itself, most patients report having immediate relief of the intense arthritic pain they had been experiencing prior to the surgery.
- With some assistance, most people are able to get out of bed on the day of surgery! The few days following the procedure will be spent learning how to safely navigate with a walker or a cane. Your surgeon will recommend exercises for you to do at home and can connect you with a qualified physical therapist to see you through the remainder of your recovery.
- If you have your surgery for total hip replacement with Rothman physicians, we generally do not require hip precautions. Simply avoid uncomfortable motions or positions, but feel free to use normal beds, chairs, toilets, etc.
- Your first post-op visit will be at the 2 weeks mark if you have sutures or staples, somewhere between 4-6 weeks for patients who receive staples. Ask your physicians which he or she plans to use.
- Leg swelling and some numbness are normal for as long as 6 months following surgery. Don’t be alarmed, but do following the instructions of your physician and physician therapists during these important recovery months.
- The final step, of course, is for you to fully recover and go on to continue living an active, healthy, pain-free life!
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