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Total Hip Replacement (Total Hip Arthroplasty)

  • What is a total hip replacement (total hip arthroplasty)?

    Hip replacement surgery, also known as a total hip arthroplasty, involves replacing the femur (the head of the thigh bone) and the acetabulum (the hip socket) with artificial joint components.

    Different materials used in hip replacement surgery include metal alloys, ceramics, and synthetic polymers.

    These components are designed to glide together to replicate the natural movement of the hip joint.

    Total hip replacement

  • You may need hip replacement surgery when arthritis limits your everyday activities such as walking. Hip replacement is recommended only after careful diagnosis of your joint problem. Surgery is likely to be needed when you have little pain relief from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or if other treatments, such as physical therapy, do not relieve hip pain.

    Certain conditions can cause hip stiffness and pain, affecting rest and limiting even simple daily activities such as walking and bending, or moving and lifting your leg.

    Conditions that may contribute to a need for hip replacement surgery include:

    • Osteoarthritis affects the hip when the breakdown of cartilage leads to pain, swelling and deformity. This can cause pain while walking because the damaged cartilage is unable to absorb the shock or impact.
    • Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to severe pain, stiffness and swelling. When this chronic inflammatory condition occurs in the hip joint, it can cause discomfort or stiffness in the thigh and groin, and affect a person’s mobility.

    As with any form of surgery, a total hip replacement comes with risks such as blood clots, infection and injury to the nerves or blood vessels, among others. Those with severe rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, diabetes or haemophilia may face a higher risk of complications and therefore it is important to speak to your surgeon and have all your questions answered before you decide if the surgery is right for you.

    Joint replacements usually last 10 – 15 years, after which hip revision surgery may be needed.

  • Hip replacement surgery is performed under anaesthesia. Your doctor may advise general anaesthesia, which means you will be asleep throughout, or a spinal anaesthetic, which leaves you awake but numb from the waist down.

    During the procedure, the surgeon will remove the damaged portion of the hip bone and replace it with an artificial hip joint.

    After the surgery, medication will be prescribed to relieve pain, reduce swelling and to help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), together with compression stockings. A physiotherapist will develop a suitable plan to help improve mobility, strength and flexibility.

    During recovery, bear in mind that your movement will be severely limited so consider the following advice:

    Do’s:

    • Arrange for meals and help around the home
    • Remove any rugs, carpets, wires and any other obstructions to prevent tripping or falls.
    • Install raised toilet seats, shower seats and handrails in the bathroom to reduce the risk of falling.

    Don’ts:

    • Do not bend forward more than 90 degrees
    • Do not lift you knee on the surgery side higher than your hip
    • Do not cross your legs or rotate your leg outward
    • Do not twist or pivot your operated hip
    • Avoid sitting in chairs lower than knee height
  • Our team of experienced surgeons are well-trained in performing procedures such as total hip replacement.

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