Recovering After Total Hip Replacement
Getting a total hip replacement can be a very trying time in anyone’s life. Generally, those who have hip replacement surgery are in their 70s and 80s, but the need for a new hip has affected those who are much younger lately. This major surgical procedure is often used to help those who have osteoarthritis in the hip joint. People who have hip dysplasia may also need to have this type of surgery. In addition to preparing for the surgery, those who are going to undergo a total hip replacement should think about what they are going to do after the procedure. They are going to need to have physical therapy so that they can heal and get back to a normal life with their new hip.
What Happens in This Type of Surgery?
In a total hip replacement, both of the joint surfaces will now have synthetic components. A titanium stem will go into the femoral bone of the leg. It will have a ceramic ball atop it, which acts as the femoral head. The replacement of the acetabulum joint surface is going to be a high-density plastic that is safe for the human body. When you receive your diagnosis and realize that the total hip replacement surgery is going to be your best option, you can be sure that your doctors and the surgeon will explain to you everything that they are going to do, and how the surgery is going to proceed. Different patients may require different approaches, so your doctor will explain to you what is going to happen with your particular surgery.
After the Surgery
After you have your surgery and you are starting to recuperate, you have to be very careful that you do not cause any injuries to the area. This means that you should not flex or move your leg and hips greater than 90 degrees, and you should not have any internal rotation or adduction. Limited mobility, especially at end ranges in these first stages of healing – for about the first 6 weeks or so – is very important. Your physical therapy consultation will determine the best course of treatment to get you back to normal.
Types of Physical Therapy Treatment
As you heal from your hip replacement, you will be able to talk with your physical therapist and begin treatment. The PT’s at ActiveCare can help you recover as quickly as possible. Many different types of treatment and therapy will be useful in getting you back on your feet again. Some of the things you can expect during your treatment include scar massage, range of motion exercises, and muscle strengthening exercises. You need to build those muscles as soon as you can. Gait training is also going to be important in helping you learn to walk again after your surgery.
Call ActiveCare Physical Therapy with any further questions. We work closely with the joint replacement physicians so that we can implement the doctor’s protocol specifically for your situation.