When medications or therapy are not enough or insufficient at controlling pain or improving mobility, total hip replacement surgery is often recommended to individuals whom are experiencing severe hip pain resulting from other hip issues or arthritis. With more than 200,000 total hip replacement surgeries performed in the United States each year, it is imperative that you choose a surgeon with vast experience and knowledge of total hip replacement procedures such as Dr. John C. Kagan.
Total hip replacement is the surgical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. It requires the removal of the femoral head, as well as the insertion of a hip stem down the femur shaft. The prosthesis are typically implanted without bone cement, allowing the bone to grow into the prosthesis to provide a secure attachment. This allows for a vast improvement in mobility, with a recession in pain from the hip joint.
Total hip replacement is a safe and reliable orthopedic operation with 97% of patients reporting an improved income. After total hip replacement surgery, you will more than likely stay in a hospital for two to three days and be given antibiotics for a short period of time prior being sent home. In most cases, patients can begin physical therapy a day or two after surgery.