Hip replacement surgery is a big decision that creates an understandable amount of apprehension.
Fully understanding the entire same-day hip surgery process before deciding makes patients more comfortable with the idea of undergoing major surgery.
At CORE, we like to fully educate our patients and make sure there are no surprises on the day of surgery.
Please note any current medical conditions, medications, medical and surgical history, and allergies.
All blood work should be done three weeks before surgery to allow ample time for your PCP, surgeon, and anesthesiologist to review.
This is required to be done within 30 days of the procedure.
Two weeks before surgery, you will meet with Dr. Kuesis to review and discuss the process.
In the week leading up to your surgery, there are a few important things to remember:
You can access all necessary forms here, including further instructions and a patient checklist.
Upon arrival, you will be led to your room, where our nurses review everything with you once more before signing the necessary consent forms. Please have your insurance card with you.
Once complete, you will change into your gown, and a nurse gets your IV started.
Finally, Dr. Kuesis will stop by to assign your hip (visibly mark the hip that will be operated on) and give you medication for relaxation.
The medical professionals at CORE Orthopedics understand that hip replacement surgery is a big commitment.
That’s why we’re committed to ensuring no surprises, especially on the day of surgery.
Here’s what you can expect to happen during the hip replacement surgery process:
Hip surgery is a procedure in which a surgeon removes the damaged bone and cartilage of a hip joint with arthritis and replaces it with a smooth, artificial joint implant often made of metal or plastic components.
The goals of hip surgery vary from patient to patient but often include the elimination of joint pain caused by bone-on-bone contact.
The physicians at CORE Orthopedics and Sports Medicine recommend hip replacement surgery after other, more conservative measures have failed to provide pain relief.
While hip surgery is a big decision since it’s a major surgery requiring extensive after-care, it has drastically improved the quality of life in many patients.
At CORE Orthopedics, we use hip replacement implants that consist of four components:
The hip replacement procedure is usually done one of two ways.
The first is the traditional procedure, which is more invasive and requires a larger incision, while the second is considered minimally invasive.
In standard hip replacement surgeries, your surgeon will adhere to the following steps:
Most hip replacements are performed this way, but sometimes we perform a less invasive procedure so that incisions are only 2 to 5 inches long. This technique is thought to help lower blood loss during surgery.
Your surgeon will discuss the technique they recommend for your particular case during the planning stages of your hip replacement surgery.
Hip replacement surgery is intended to relieve hip pain and improve hip function. However, implants may not produce the same feel or function as your original hip.
Hip replacement surgery has potential risks, such as loosening, fracture, dislocation, wear, and infection, that may result in additional surgery.
The longevity of implants depends on many factors, such as types of activities and weight.
Do not perform high-impact activities such as running and jumping unless your surgeon tells you the bone has healed and these activities are acceptable.
Early device failure, breakage, or loosening may occur if you do not follow your surgeon’s limitations on activity level. Early failure can happen if you do not guard your hip joint from overloading due to activity level, failure to control body weight, or accidents such as falls.
Talk to your doctor to determine what treatment may be best for you.
Once your surgery is complete, you will be moved to a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) to wake up and begin recovery.
This is a critical care unit where our team closely monitors your vital signs, administers fluids, and starts the pain management regimen.
A team member works with you to get out of bed, move to a chair, and begin walking.
Before you are released to go home, you should be able to:
In addition, all vital signs (e.g., blood pressure and heart rate) should be stable, and pain well-controlled.
Before discharge, a member of our team will deliver easy-to-understand instructions for recovery. These include necessary prescriptions and guidance regarding activity, wound care, and who to contact in the event of a problem.
In-home physical therapy starts the next day.
You can see more information and guidance for recovering from your operation safely and comfortably here.
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