When the hips become damaged by injury or age, joint replacement surgery can restore normal mobility and eliminate pain. Hip replacement may be suggested after other means of treatment have failed to provide you with the quality of life you want to perform necessary everyday activities. Your surgeon at Largo Medical Center can provide you with personalized answers regarding your condition, treatment options, and expected recovery.
Why Should I Have a Hip Replacement?
If arthritis or any other condition that affects the hip joint leaves you in constant discomfort or unable to perform daily activities, you should consider hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery is often suggested when other non-surgical treatment options, such as medications and physical therapy, are not effective in reducing pain and restoring mobility or produce side effects that are detrimental to your comfort and health.
What Will My Recovery Be Like?
After your hip replacement surgery, you will likely begin walking and moving with the help of a healthcare provider within one day of surgery. Walking and moving will greatly facilitate your recovery and improve your final results. After your hospital stay, you will continue to recover at home. You should expect to need assistance around your home for three to six weeks. A full recovery often takes up to six months but can vary for each individual.
Are There Possible Complications?
As with all surgical procedures, there can be complications from hip surgery. However, this procedure is extremely commonplace and many of these risks are well-understood and avoidable. Blood clots are the most common post-surgical complication following hip replacement. Your physician will minimize the risk of this complication through the use of physical therapy, support hose, and medication.
Do you have more questions about hip replacement or other joint replacement surgeries in FL? Contact Largo Medical Center today by calling (727) 470-6826 to discuss your questions with a registered nurse. You can also find out more about robotic surgery and recovery and cardiac care at our hospital.