This surgery replaces the two major parts of the hip joint with man-made materials.
The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint.
A total hip replacement is when a surgeon replaces these two major parts of the hip joint with a man-made socket, ball, and stem. This involves:
There are times when only one part of the hip joint needs to be replaced; this is a partial hip replacement.
A total hip replacement may be recommended if you have severe arthritic pain that has not responded to treatment and stops you from doing your normal daily activities (walking, household tasks and bathing).
Prior to the surgery, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before the surgery. These may include:
If you are a smoker, you should quit smoking, as it can interfere with your healing and recovery.
During surgery, you will receive anesthesia to keep you comfortable and pain free.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a total hip replacement?
Make a list of your questions/concerns/symptoms and medications (including over-the-counter). Verify which medications you should take before the surgery.
After your surgery, you should know what you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider.
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