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During partial hip replacement, 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.
Surgery may take 1 to 3 hours.
For open hip replacement surgery, your doctor makes a 15 to 25 centimetre (6 to 10 inch) cut (incision) on the side of your hip. You will be asleep during the surgery. Your doctor will then:
Partial hip replacement can also be done with one or two smaller incisions. This is called minimally invasive surgery.
On the day of surgery or the day after, you'll get out of bed with help. You will learn how to walk with a walker or crutches. By the time you leave the hospital, you will be able to safely sit down and stand up, dress yourself, use the toilet, bathe, and use stairs.
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.
Your physiotherapist will get you started and teach you exercises. Then you will do them on your own.
Complete recovery can take up to 6 months. It's not easy, and it takes time. Many people say that it's like "having a second job."
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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Adaptation Date: 5/7/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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