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If your doctor has just told you that you need total hip replacement surgery, your head may understandably be spinning.

The chances are that he or she has told you the predictable but unwelcome news, this coming after a long period of arthritic pain, or perhaps some sudden traumatic injury.

Your Orthopaedic Specialist even might have delayed treatment until your situation reached critical.

You might have suffered many months of pain, reduced mobility, and sleepless nights. The discomfort only moderated by large amounts of anti-inflammatory drugs, but they too have a downside.

The promise of a man-made fully functioning metal and ceramic hip-joint, is of course marred by the daunting prospect of undergoing a serious surgical procedure.

If you’ve never enjoyed a hospital stay, this may well have left you feeling very nervous.  

You might know that although highly successful and commonplace, total hip replacements are followed directly by a challenging recovery regimen.

I went through hip re-construction 1992, and knew very little about what I was facing.

I’m guessing that like me, you are now hungry to find out as much as you can before you face the scalpel?

I’ve just found the answer to all of my own questions in an e-book written by someone who has had no less than six, yes I did say six hip-replacements!

Professional teacher Ingrid Flynn has undergone 6 hip replacements, the first at 34. 

To help others face this kind of surgery, she has collected together all of her hints, tips, advice and experiences. Her friends call her the Bionic Woman.

The result is a good-humoured, practical, inspiring, easy to read publication for anyone who needs answers.

It is not a medical book about surgical procedures, it is all about preparation and recovery.


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Hip Replacement

Getting old is our destiny. All of us are destined to become old, to slowly degenerate and lose the normal functioning of the bodies. Looking back at our childhood years, we were able to explore the world and move as freely as we can. But when we reach the point of late adulthood, we can never perform our activities of daily living effectively and that is because of the different illnesses that we might have when we are already old.

As we age up, our health especially the structures of our bone changes. Well, this is only true to those individuals who practice a sedentary lifestyle or those individuals having poor resistance and weak immune system. But for those practicing a healthy lifestyle, those who are observing and maintaining the body physically fit are less likely to acquire diseases when they get old.

Different bone problem arises as we grow old. Even the young already experience some bone disorders. The disease may be genetically acquired or perhaps there is just a problem with the bone structures that is why they suffer a certain type of bone disease. For the adults, they commonly experience pain in their backs, hips, knees and joints making difficult for them to move around and do their daily tasks.

Age alone is one of the factors why people experience different types of pain. Joint injury added with arthritis may result to the deterioration of the hip joints and thus will cause severe pain and other bone deformities. When this happens, undergoing surgery known as total hip replacement is a must.

Hip replacement is the choice of treatment for individuals having difficulty of moving around. The surgery focuses on pain relief, and achieving the maximum level of functionality of the knees and joints. Being able to perform the routine activities is also another objective of the surgery.

Before undergoing the surgery, have yourself assessed by the medical expert and report to him all the changes and the painful areas of your body that way he will know what type of hip replacement you will have to undergo. There are several types of hip replacement depending upon the presenting signs and symptoms and to what area is affected.

The first type of hip replacement is the total hip replacement. In total hip replacement, the two parts of the hip which is the ball and the socket are replaced with a plastic cup or the metallic ones. The second type of replacement is resurfacing. This is just similar to the first type only that the ball is only resurfaced and that no stem is placed. This type of surgery should be properly discussed with your physician so you will know the different advantages and disadvantages after the surgery. And the last type is the minimally hip replacement surgery. This is just an alternative method when an individual will undergo the standard incision hip replacement. Moreover, this type of surgery only needs less time for the surgery to be finished and less recovery time. Only that it also needs thorough explanation of the different advantages and disadvantages that will be experienced right after the surgery.

When we experience some discomforts in our hips and joints, we should visit our physician that way interventions can be implemented at an earlier time.

Hip replacement is the solution to the discomforts you feel in your hips and the joints. The surgery will somehow alleviate the pain and enables you do all your activities of daily living without feeling any discomfort and delay. You can visit http://www.minimallyinvasivehipsurgery.com for additional information on total hip replacement.

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February 11, 2011

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March 27, 2010

When should i start hip replacement surgery therapy?

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Had a total hip replacement but i havent started my terapy yet but i am walking already with cruches

I’ve had both hips replaced in separate surgeries. My physical therapy actually began while I was in the hospital, starting with walking, learning how to negotiate stairs, doing bed exercises, etc. Then it continued as soon as I went home with 2-3 home visits a week from a physical therapist. That lasted 2 weeks after which I was to begin outpatient therapy. That lasted another 5 weeks, 2-3 times a week. I did exercises every day at home as well and continued them for several months after therapy ended. I was really in bad shape from years of arthritis so I had a lot to build up.

It is up to your surgeon to order the therapy. Hasn’t he done that yet? If he hasn’t, ask about it.

Also be aware that there are some surgeons who don’t prescribe physical therapy after hip replacement. Yours may be one of those. The only way you’re going to find out is to ask him.

Can you cross your leg/s and tie your shoe/s after a hip replacement? How long after?

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Just wondering if you can cross your leg/s and or tie your shoe/s after you have a hip replacement surgery. If so, about how long after? How long are you also in misery and pain? Is a hip replacement that bad of a procedure? Thanks

I’ve had both hips replaced. I couldn’t cross my legs BEFORE I had the surgery and tying shoes was enough of a problem that I wore slip-ons for a year before surgery.

It took awhile for me to be able to tie shoes – several months. In the meantime, I used a couple of the handy gadgets that I was given that helped me put on and remove sox & shoes. Although I had my surgeries 7 years ago, I still am not comfortable crossing my legs and probably never will be although I can and do do it for short periods. It isn’t painful – it just doesn’t feel right. And I can’t sit "indian" style any more.

I was in misery & pain BEFORE I had the surgery, not after. Any post-op pain was treated aggressively and by the time I went home I needed very little pain meds – used mostly Tylenol.

Hip replacement is major surgery and while it isn’t a walk in the park, it is definitely worth it for people whose only other alternative is a life of pain and misery – probably ending up in a wheelchair-bound existence. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I couldn’t walk without a cane before I had the replacements. Now I can walk miles, have no limp, no pain, take no pain meds, and need no cane. I consider it a sort of miracle surgery and definitely worth the effort and work required to rehab from the surgery.

Where is the best place to get a hip replacement in the UK?

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My mother needs a hip replacement. Who is a leading provider in the UK for her to get this procedure done?

Thanks!

My uncle had his at Nuffield Health. I don’t know too much about them, but below is their link.

Good luck!!

If I have a hip replacement will I be able to work in my garden?

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Will I be able to use a shovel and dig new ground? How much pressure can someone with a hip replacement put on ti? Is it just like new?
God bless you all.

this would be a great question for your orthopaedic doc…but from what I remember, there are limitations post surgically as to how far you can flex the hip (usually no more than 90 degrees or else you risk dislocation). However, that may be something they recommend for only the first month or two and that you can resume full ROM once it’s completely healed.

This doesn’t answer this particular question, but it’s a fairly good overview of hip replacement surgery.

http://www.healthpages.org/AHP/LIBRARY/HLTHTOP/THR/INDEX.HTM

Where would I find information about financial support after a total hip replacement?

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I am doing research for college and I have found most of the community resources I need, but I haven’t been able to find any place the gives financial support for patients who have had a total hip arthroplasty (replacement) If anyone has any information they could share I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

If the patient is employed, he might have paid sick days to use until he is recovered. Once recovered, most patients can return to their regular employment or activities. The expensive part is the doctor, hospital, and rehab. Once those expenses have been covered (usually by some kind of insurance; less often by the patient’s cash payment) there isn’t a whole lot that’s needed beyond their usual income. The employed individual may have paid sick leave; the retired person would continue to receive their retirement benefits regardless of health status..

What is the best treatment for a 90 year old woman that needs a hip replacement?

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Obviously a hip replacement is too dangerous for her at her age and she would never survive it or walk again. Thank you.

Actually I don’t think your assumptions about her recovery or survival from such an operation are warranted in all cases. I’ll use my own MIL as an example: she is 92 yrs old and very active & healthy for her age. She lives on her own and still drives. If I have to live that long I’d like to be just like her. If she had osteoarthritis in her hips that was so bad and painful that it interfered with her activities and she couldn’t walk or sleep well, and if a surgeon agreed that she was healthy enough and could reap even a few active, pain-free years from a hip replacement, then I suspect that she might consider it if her doctor cleared her for the surgery.

So I don’t think it is always obvious that a 90-yr-old person would not survive such surgery. It must be considered on a case-by-case basis. I also don’t think you can assume that a 90-yr-old would never walk again after hip replacement surgery.

My point: all nonegenarians are not alike. Medical decisions must be based on evaluation of the individual’s current health status and life-style.

I’ve had both of my hips replaced in separate surgeries and have seen first-hand how crippling osteoarthritis can be, and how wonderful it is to now be pain-free, walking, and having my life back.

If a person is not healthy enough for surgery, then really the only "treatment" for advanced arthritis is walking aids, wheelchairs, pain meds, & exercise.

How many people under 16 have had a total hip replacement?

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I am 14 and undergoing a total hip replacement and I was wondering how many have also had this being so young. I have a-vascular necrosis and I was curious to the out-come and the recovery. Thanks!

I’ve worked with a couple in my career;; infrequent, but, the kids usually think they can "heal" much quicker than an adult, so they tend to get back to their old routines (or should I say routines that they’ve been wishing for for a while) a little quicker than the average senior;; the doc’s also know this so they make "adjutments" with your surgery;; the healing process takes 6 wks for tissue, 8wks for bone;; you will most likely be noncemented so this allows you to heal "better" (considering you will most likely need another replacement in your lifetime), but it also means partial weight-bearing @ the start;; get your upper trunk & arms strong so you can get yourself around easier after surgery;; you should be fine, but always talk to your doc about these things,hon;; I knpw it’s hard when your parents & doc’s do all the talking, but remeber that YOU are the patient;; you have EVERY right to ask, & they have every right to explain all this to you…good luck!!

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