Recommended For Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement surgery is suggested for patients who are suffering from traumatic arthritis, bone tumors, hip fractures, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and avascular necrosis.
Not Recommended For Total Hip Replacement
For patients who are suffering from a poor state of wellbeing, weight problems, muscle weakness, Parkinson's disease, and patients who have a high risk of infection; this surgery is not suggested.
Number Of Trips Abroad
Discharge From Hospital
4 to 5 days
Duration Of Operation
60 to 90 minutes
4 to 5 days
Total hip replacement surgeryis an orthopedic operation that is frequently performed around the world in hospitals. Last year, more than 332.000 total hip replacement surgeries were performed in the USA.
During the total hip replacement operation, the prosthetic implant is used to modify the patient’s hip. Many patients who are suffering from bone diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis undergo a total hip replacement operation. These diseases are likely to have an effect on the femur in addition to the acetabulum, in other words, the hip socket. Surgeons replace both structures with prosthetic implants during the total hip replacement surgery.
Before the total hip replacement surgery, patients should not be taking any aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, Omega 3 capsules and should not be smoking for at least 2-3 weeks.
How It Is Performed
Total hip replacement protocol states that patients are first administered general anesthesia. When anesthesia starts showing its effect, the doctor makes an incision in order to reach the hip joint, which was damaged by disease.The femur head is carefully removed, and the hip socket or acetabulum is hollowed out with the use of special tools. When this procedure is completed, the implant is replacedwith the femoral stem cemented into the patient’s own healthy femur. The patient’s range of motion is checked in order to make any necessary corrections. If these stages were completed successfully according to the surgeon, the incision site could be closed, and it is time for the recovery period of total hip replacement.
The initial recovery period of total hip replacement surgery is about 4-5 days. After this process, the patient can leave the hospital. Regularly the recovery time for total hip replacement operation is around 5 months, which is also affected by the patient's initial state of health.
There are several risks and complications regarding the total hip replacement surgery, which are periprosthetic fractures, osteonecrosis, loosening hip, dislocating hip, and infections.
Patients may experience pain, bleeding, nausea, and bruising, after the operation.
Patient reviews set the average total hip replacement procedure success rate at 90 to 95%, 10 years after the surgery has been performed.
Before And After
After the surgery, patients should wait for several months before starting to play basketball and jogging. There is physical therapy and exercises included in the rehabilitation program of total hip replacement operation.
How long before I need to change the prosthesis? Over 90% of patients go without revision surgery for at least 10 years, and some prosthesis can last up to 30 years.
Back To Work
Are there any alternatives to a total hip replacement procedure?
There is an option of hip resurfacing for some of the patients, but if the hip is damaged severely, surgery should be performed.
When can I return to work?
Many of the patients can go back to work and their daily activities in about 4-5 months.
4 to 5 months
Back To Sports
4 to 5 months
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in August, 2019.