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
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?
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more than 250,000 Americans each year to relieve
their pain and get back to enjoying normal, everyday
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
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
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
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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