Hip Replacement: How to Prepare and What to Expect
If you feel that hip pain is keeping you from living your life to the fullest, leaving you in a state immobility and emotional distress, you are not alone. In fact, most of us at one point in our lives will either experience severe joint pain or come in contact with someone who has.
Not only does bone and joint pain cause more than half of chronic conditions in people older than 50 years of age, it sends many seeking treatment from orthopedic specialists. Our hip health has such a huge impact on our wellbeing that the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons projects a 174% increase in the demand for hip replacements by 2030.
When hip pain becomes debilitating, Rebound is here to help with a treatment plan specifically designed you, your lifestyle and your goals.
Why might hip replacement be a solution for me?
When it comes to severe hip arthritis, total hip replacement is considered the most effective way to relieve pain and improve mobility. Some of the most common causes of hip pain are from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic (injury-related) arthritis.
What are my hip replacement options?
While this is largely dependent on your condition and circumstances, Rebound offers several types of procedures– each of which vary in technique and the technology used.
Direct Anterior Approach
Rebound is the only practice in SW Washington to offer this approach, which is minimally invasive. This technique is an alternative to traditional hip replacement, and may potentially involve less pain and a faster recovery. Typically, our surgeons will allow you to return to activity without concern for dislocation.
The Anterolateral Approach
This minimally invasive method involves incision from the side of the hip and is associated with very low dislocation rates and excellent return to function. It also boasts a consistent track record of excellent long-term results.
The Posterior Approach
This method is very common among surgeons and also minimizes tissue trauma around the hip. Once associated with higher rates of dislocation, modernized versions of this approach allow you to return to function without undue concern for dislocation.
MAKOplasty Total Hip Arthroplasty
Rebound is proud to offer the latest hip replacement method, which involves a robotic arm that guides the surgeon during the procedure. The robotic arm helps the surgeon prepare the bone and position the implants. During the surgery, real-time information and images offer the surgeon more control over accurate implant placement.
What can I expect from having the procedure?
As with many medical procedures, undergoing hip replacement surgery does come with risks and potential complications, which should be thoroughly discussed with your surgeon.
“Hip surgeries have a very high success rate- to the point where 90-95 percent of patients see their implants in great condition 10 years after having the surgery,” says Dr. Edward Sparling, one of Rebound’s board certified surgeons.
Recovering from surgery successfully does come with its precautions, and Rebound hip specialists strive to create actions plans that ensure recuperation, mobility and future wellness.
“It is also important to remember that while the procedure can offer incredible pain relief and mobility, intense or high impact activities after the replacement are not typically recommended,” says Dr. Sparling.
“We’ve seen many of our patients return to doing what they love- whether it be getting out and about with minimal pain, golfing or swimming. After surgery, we recommend low-impact activities and sports,” says Dr. Sparling.
Other low-impact activities might include walking, hiking, dancing, biking and more.
“Another thing that plays a significant role is sticking to a recovery plan,” says Dr. Sparling. “We have a very talented staff to help you learn how to manage the initial pain, do crucial strengthening exercises, and provide you with an overall road map for success at home.”
How do I maintain my healthy new hip?
A healthy recovery at home involves exercise and activity, a balanced diet and taking the right steps to avoid infection, dislocation or blood clot. Beyond the initial recovery stages, it is also crucial to keep up a light exercise plan to maintain your newfound mobility. Exercise will also help you strengthen your muscles and avoid excessive stiffness. Rebound providers also suggest fall-proofing your home to avoid injury or the need for further surgery.
If you're ready to discuss your hip problem with one of our specialty-trained hip specialists, Todd A. Borus, M.D., M. Robert Fraser, M.D., Stephen R. Southerland, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., or Edward A. Sparling, M.D. visit us in Vancouver at our Vancouver, Salmon Creek, or East Vancouver locations; in Portland at our Rose Quarter location. You can request an appointment online or call us at 1-800-REBOUND.
Helpful Hip Resources:
American Academy of Orthopaedic (AAOS) Surgeons – Total Hip Replacement
AAOS – Activities After Hip Replacement
AAOS- Total Hip Replacement Exercise Guide