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 Hip Replacement 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. 27 Park Street • Hyannis, MA 02601 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 Program Information: 1-877-227-3263 Email: email@example.com www.CapeCodHealth.org 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. Thigh Bone Metal Stem (Femur) Take Control Making that appointment today is the first step in taking control of your pain.
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