During partial hip replacement surgery, your doctor replaces the ball of your hip joint, but not the socket. The artificial part is made of metal, ceramic, or plastic.
This type of surgery is done to repair certain types of hip fractures.
For open hip replacement surgery, your doctor makes a 15- to 25-centimetre cut (incision) on the side of your hip. You will be asleep during the surgery. Your doctor will then:
Hip replacement can also be done with one or two smaller incisions. This is called minimally invasive surgery.
Surgery may take 1 to 3 hours.
You will stay in the hospital for a few days after surgery. Your rehabilitation program (rehab) will start at this time.
When you go home, you will be able to move around with crutches or a walker. But you will need someone to help you at home for the next few weeks until your energy returns and you can move around better. If there is no one to help you at home, you may go to a rehabilitation centre after you leave the hospital.
You will be in a rehab program. Rehab helps you get better faster.
If you commit to your rehab and work hard, you will see a lot of improvement in a few months.
Many artificial hip joints last for 10 to 20 years. It depends on your age, how much stress you put on the joint, and how well your new joint and bones mend. Your weight can make a difference. Every extra kilogram of body weight adds 3 kilograms of stress to your new hip joint. More weight may cause it to wear out sooner.
Your doctor may want to see you about once a year to see how you and your new hip are doing.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma & Jeffrey N. Katz, MD - Rheumatology
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