Total joint replacement refers to the surgery to replace the ends of both bones in a damaged joint to create new joint surfaces. Total hip replacement surgery uses metal, ceramic, or plastic parts to replace the ball at the upper end of the thigh bone (femur) and resurface the hip socket in the pelvic bone and is done under general anesthesia followed by minimally invasive surgery.
Cemented joints are attached to the existing bone with cement, which acts as a glue and attaches the artificial joint to the bone.
Uncemented joints are attached using a porous coating that is designed to allow the bone to adhere to the artificial joint.
Prophylactic antibiotics before and after the surgery to reduce the risk of infection.
1. Poor general health and may not tolerate anesthetic and surgery well.
2. an active infection or are at high risk for infection.
4. Are involved in heavy manual labor or physically demanding sports.
5. Are severely overweight
1. Follow up at least once every year to monitor your hip replacement.
2. Start driving an automatic shift car in 6 to 8 weeks, as long as the seat is not too low and you are no longer taking pain medicine.
3. Controlling your weight will help your new hip joint last longer.
4. Stay active to help keep your strength, flexibility, and endurance.
5. Activities include walking, swimming, dancing, golf (don’t wear shoes with spikes, and do use a golf cart), and bicycling on a stationary bike or on level surfaces.
6. More strenuous activities, such as jogging or tennis, are not advised after a hip replacement.
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