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Hip Replacement

Hip replacement, or hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which a damaged hip joint is replaced with an artificial prosthesis. It is often recommended for individuals with severe hip pain and limited mobility due to conditions such as osteoarthritis or hip fractures. During the surgery, the damaged joint is removed, and an artificial hip joint made of metal and plastic components is implanted. Hip replacement aims to relieve pain, restore hip function, improve mobility, and enhance the overall quality of life for individuals with hip joint issues.


What is hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which a damaged or diseased hip joint is replaced with an artificial joint or prosthesis.

Why is hip replacement surgery performed?

Hip replacement surgery is performed to relieve pain and improve mobility in individuals with severe hip arthritis, hip fractures, or other hip conditions that cause significant pain and disability.

How long does it take to recover from hip replacement surgery?

The recovery time can vary, but most individuals can expect to be able to walk with assistance within a day or two after surgery. Full recovery typically takes about 3 to 6 months, although it may take longer for some individuals.

What are the potential risks and complications of hip replacement surgery?

Like any surgery, hip replacement carries risks, including infection, blood clots, implant dislocation, nerve damage, and fracture. However, these complications are relatively rare, and most hip replacement surgeries are successful with few complications.

How long does a hip replacement last?

The lifespan of a hip replacement prosthesis varies, but on average, modern hip replacements can last for 15 to 20 years or even longer with proper care and precautions. Regular follow-up with the orthopedic surgeon is important to monitor the condition of the implant over time.

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