Hip Replacement: What You Need to Know

The hip is one of the biggest bones in the body, and thus helps to carry and balance the weight of your body. Hips help support your ability to walk, and so when you are having hip pain, it can have a large impact on your quality of life. When the hip is injured and worn down, you will experience pain even when you lie down or are sitting. This may be a good time to consider getting hip replacement surgery. Here’s everything you’ll need to know.

What Happens During Hip Replacement Surgery?

During the surgery, a qualified orthopedic surgeon removes the joint causing you pain and replaces it with a new one, which comes in different materials. These materials include:

  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Ceramic
  • Combination of all three

These materials are strong and sturdy, and patients can choose between them, as well as choosing between a full or partial hip replacement. Depending on the pain and levels of discomfort, you may need to go with a full hip replacement for better support and pain alleviation. 

Full hip replacement will see the head of the thigh bone replaced along with the socket, which is great for those who have arthritis, as this will help resolve that issue as well. Partial hip replacements leave the socket alone. 

How Long Is The Recovery Process After Surgery?

The recovery process depends on each individual as to what type of surgery they receive, their age, and overall health of the patient has to be taken into consideration. Physical therapy also helps to shorten the recovery process and get you up and going again.

It is important to take the recovery process slow, as you’ll be prone to hip dislocation fresh out of surgery and in the coming months. It is important not to bend your hips or knees past a 90 degree angle.

Specialty Orthopaedics Mission

At Specialty Orthopaedics in Harrison, NY, our mission is simple, and it is to help provide treatment for an array of musculoskeletal disorders and conditions and help people reclaim their quality of life. 

Our doctors have years of experience and knowledge, and are committed to your well being. With a foundation in orthopaedics, we are dedicated to helping you feel better. Give us a call at 914-686-0111, or visit us at specialtyorthony.com to schedule an appointment.

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