Different artificial joints for different problems
The use of a total hip replacement is only considered when all other treatment options have been exhausted. This operation uses the most modern techniques to quickly and safely replace the patient’s hip joint. In preparation for surgery, an individually laid out plan is agreed upon in order to achieve optimum results for each patient. The most important thing is to determine the material from which the artificial joint will be made, as well as the exact location of insertion.
How it works
As with many other operations, the insertion of an artificial hip joint can now be done using minimally invasive techniques. A mini camera and surgical instruments are inserted through two small incisions, so that the patient is not left with large wounds. The advantages of this type of surgery for the patient are numerous: scarring is rare, wounds heal faster and the entire technique is gentler for patients. After the operation, the wounds are cleaned and proper drainage devices are inserted. Shortly after surgery, your specialist will take an x-ray to ensure that the joint is seated correctly. Generally one week after surgery, patients will begin physiotherapy to ensure total mobility.
After a total hip replacement
Following the operation, it is important that normal walking mechanisms are rebuilt without the help of protective devices. Approximately one week after surgery, the patient should begin physiotherapy and walking exercises. After about twelve weeks, patients should be able to get back to work – this may be sooner for patients with sedentary jobs. Those with a hip replacement should avoid contact sports, but lightweight sports, such as jogging, cycling or swimming, can and should be undertaken.
Are you suffering from hip arthritis or other hip problems and would like to learn more about a total hip replacement? Then contact Professor Lill today – he is happy to consult with you during your personal appointment.