Hip replacement is a frequently performed procedure, which usually happens to be a redemption for Patients suffering from chronic pain and discomfort. People older than 50 years old are more and more often diagnosed with hip joint arthritis. Sometimes medication, physical therapy or reduction of daily activities help, but in many cases, only the hip implantation can bring relief and life comfort improvement. Nowadays, advanced hip implants are crafted with great care and can replace a real joint efficiently. The decision about undergoing a total hip replacement should be considered carefully – this surgery is quite extensive, it is also an irreversible treatment – the head of the femur is cut and replaced by a specially designed prosthesis.
It is safe and common
However, there is no reason to panic – hip implantation is the most commonly performed arthroplasty in the World. First took place in 1960, nowadays in the USA itself over 300,000 THR (Total Hip Replacement) surgeries are performed yearly. The whole procedure lasts about 1 -1,5 hour and is painless – you are asleep (under a general anesthetization). New implants let the Patient come back to low impact sports activities such as biking, golf, swimming. However, some active people ski and play tennis with their new hip. If you are a lively person, it may be a good idea to consider choosing a higher quality prosthesis, which will serve longer and better. In the standard procedure sponsored by the national insurer (NHS for example), the primary type of prosthesis is implanted. It may be the decisive argument for deciding to undergo this treatment abroad (overseas). You can choose the innovative implant in private clinic paying less than half of the UK price. For example, Polish private orthopaedic hospital offers the 14 days package with physical therapy, full medical care & assistance. They also include the best implants by Zimmer and Smith & Nephew – everything for less than just the procedure itself in the UK.
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While on the subject of physical therapy, it is vital to start the rehabilitation process just after the surgery. Good choice of exercises, physiotherapy and a proper diet, are essential in achieving the surgery goal – getting back to full fitness and mobility. The rehabilitation process differs from the surgery method – if a cement or cementless hip prosthesis is implanted. In the second option, the operated leg should not be strained for several weeks. Before deciding on the treatment offer check, if the chosen hospital owes a rehabilitation ward, how many (if any?) physical therapy sessions are included in the price, how many nights you will spend in the clinic. We recommend deciding on the package deal, where the full medical care is delivered, including physical therapy and early exercising.
Things to remember after the surgery
Remember, that your new hip will require some extra effort when it comes to your apartment arrangements. All of the loose items such as carpets need to be removed. Your bed should be set on the proper height to enable lying down and waking up safely. If you are using a bath, it is vital to add a special seat in order not to strain your new joint. Also, a light diet might be recommended to unweight the hip. Concluding, do not be afraid of the total hip replacement procedure, just prepare yourself correctly, choose a proper implant and take special care of the recovery process.