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Going To Have Hip Replacement Surgery?

Hip replacement is now a common and reliable way of managing hip pain and hip arthritis, with predictable results meaning that you will very likely have your hip, trouble free, for at least fifteen years and perhaps longer.

The technology of total hip replacement, of replacing the hip joint with metal and plastic components, has been gradually refined since the 1960s and with new techniques of bone grafting and cementing a patient can have a realistic expectation of a straightforward operative and post-operative course.

If you are going to have hip replacement surgery there are a few questions you might like to ask and look for the answers to. Should you have hip replacement abroad? What are the hip replacement risks? Are there important hip replacement complications you should know about? What about hip replacement costs? It is not particularly easy to get hip replacement cost comparisons.

More information about hip replacement surgery is a About.com:Orthopedics and at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

It's good to prepare yourself for hip surgery as this will make your hospital stay more manageable and make you more prepared to participate in the post-operative rehabilitation with the physiotherapist.

If your walk is poor and you limp badly you may need a walking aid. The aim is to have as normal a gait pattern as you can, whether you have a stick or a crutch or not. Try and even out the speed of your stepping, paying particular attention to slowing down the step with your good leg. After your operation the physio will teach you to achieve a normal gait with crutches and it is good to get used to this beforehand to some extent.

Simple hip exercises can be performed to keep the joint as mobile as possible and the muscles as strong as possible. With an abnormal the muscles are unable to work normally and lose bulk and strength, further compromising the use of the leg. Keeping the hip muscles in as good a condition as possible will benefit you in the days after your operation.

There are a series of medical things you can do to make sure that the surgeon will be happy to accept you for your operation. Any medical condition should be stable and you should not have any infections present such as in your teeth. Cuts and bruises on your legs should be carefully managed so that they are healed by the time of your admission.

Reading up about the replacement surgery can be really useful so you can be well prepared for what you have to face. The hospital departments usually produce their own explanatory booklets and you should have one of those at your outpatient appointment prior to your admission. Once the operation has been completed, most of your rehabilitation will take place with the physiotherapists and the nursing staff, and it helps if you know what is expected of you and understand how your progress is going.


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