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					                                                        Tips For Healthy Hips & Knees                             Understanding
                                                        Maintain a healthy weight - Studies shows that for each
                                                        pound of body weight lost, there is a 4-pound
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                                                        reduction in knee joint stress among overweight
                                                        and obese people with osteoarthritis of the knee.
                                                        Be Active - Any exercise is good exercise.
                                                        Strengthening the thigh muscles can help to prevent
                                                        hip & knee problems. Be sure to warm up and
                                                        stretch prior to any exercise.
                                                        Remember to wear the appropriate shoes, maintain
                                                        good posture and use proper body mechanics!
What is the success rate?
Hip replacement is one of the most important                      Call us for information about
surgical advances of this century. This surgery helps           our free seminars: 1-877-227-3263
more than 250,000 Americans each year to relieve
their pain and get back to enjoying normal, everyday
activities.

Are there complications?
As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications
after hip replacement surgery. Blood clots are the
most common complication. Your orthopedic
surgeon may prescribe one or more measures to
prevent blood clots from forming in your leg veins.
Special support hose, inflatable leg coverings and
blood thinners are often used to avoid blood clots.
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You may also receive antibiotics to help prevent
infection. Other complications include implant
loosening, hip dislocation, fractures and nerve
or blood vessel damage. Your surgeon and nursing
team will be taking great care to reduce the risk of
these and other complications. You can also take
part in infection prevention by following detailed
instructions.

                   What about pain?
                   Thanks to advances in
                   medication technology, we are
                   able to keep you relatively
                   comfortable after surgery.             100 Ter Heun Drive • Falmouth, MA 02540
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 What is hip replacement?                                     Will my hip replacement be cemented?                    How long is recuperation?
 A hip replacement procedure entails replacing a              Hip replacements may be successfully performed                                   Recovery varies with each
 diseased or injured hip with an artificial joint called      with all cemented components as well as with a                                   person. It is essential that
 a prosthesis. This artificial joint can be made of           combination of uncemented and cemented                                           you follow the instructions
 metal, plastic or ceramic. This new hip will act just        components. Your surgeon will discuss which                                      of your surgeon and physical
 like a normal hip.                                           technique is appropriate for you.                                                therapist regarding home
                                                                                                                                               care during the first few
                         Who should have a hip                                        Is there an alternative to                               weeks after surgery. Your
                                                                                                                                               physical therapist will
                         replacement?                                                 hip replacement?                                         instruct you in walking and
                        Hip replacement surgery may                                    Hip replacement may be         rehab exercises starting the day after surgery. You
                        be considered when pain or                                      recommended only after        should be able to resume most normal light activities
                        loss of movement limits your                                   careful diagnosis of your      of daily living within 3-6 weeks after surgery.
                        everyday activities such as                                    joint problem. You may
                        walking, bending or when                                       benefit from surgery only if   Some discomfort with activity, and at night, is
 stiffness in your hip limits your ability to move                                                                    common for several weeks. Complete recovery can
                                                              you have little pain relief from anti-inflammatory
 or lift your leg.                                                                                                    take from 3-6 months. While most people will
                                                              drugs, you have harmful or unpleasant side effects
                                                              from your hip medications, or other treatments,         gradually increase their activities and play golf,
                                                                                                                      doubles tennis or bowling, you may be advised to
                                                              such as physical therapy, do not relieve hip pain.
    TOTAL HIP                                                                                                         avoid more active sports, such as jogging, singles
                                                                                                                      tennis and other high-impact sports.
   REPLACEMENT                                                How long is the hospital stay?
                                                              The typical hospital stay after hip replacement         You may require a short stay in a rehabilitation
                                                              surgery is 3-4 days. Most hip replacement patients      center for a few days after you leave the hospital
   Pelvic Socket
                                                              begin standing and walking with the help of a           depending on how you progress.
                                           Cup made of
                                           plastic, metal     walking support and a physical therapist the day
Metal or Ceramic“Ball”                                        after surgery. It is important to begin moving after
                                           or ceramic
                                           lines the socket   surgery to get your blood flowing. This helps to
                                                              prevent blood clots from forming in your legs,
                                                              which can occur from lack of activity.




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                                                                 Making that appointment today is the first
                                                                 step in taking control of your pain.

				
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