Every patient asks the same question before having an operation. How long is the recovery period? Actually, the recovery period can vary depending on each operation and patient.
For example, hemiarthroplasty, which refers “half” replacement, takes less operative time, causes less blood loss and fewer complications postoperatively as compared to total hip replacement. However, the functional outcome at one year is better with total hip replacement as compared to hemiarthroplasty.
Hip replacement surgery is a major procedure in which a surgeon removes a painful hip joint and changes it with an artificial joint usually made from metal and plastic components. This procedure is generally recommended if all other treatment options have failed to relieve the pain and increase the mobility.
Hip replacement procedures, along with knee replacement procedures are becoming more and more popular as a means to treat joint failures. According to an annual report released by The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) in 2017, there were 860,080 hip and knee replacement procedures performed between 2012 and 2016 by the 4,755 US surgeons.