Rehabilitation After Hip Replacement Surgery

Written by Dr. Robert Dean

On February 12, 2020

Rehabilitation After Hip Replacement Surgery

 

 

Hip replacement surgery is a major surgery performed inside of a hospital. It requires significant recovery, rehabilitation, and wound healing. It also carries intrinsic risk of infection and complications from anesthesia.

 

The goal of a total hip replacement surgery is to replace the ball joint, where pain is occuring because of chondromalacia. Chondromalacia is an osteoarthritic condition where the hard cartilage offering a protective coating for the bones in the joint wears down, leaving thin areas or “potholes” in the coating. Because your bones are alive and have nerve endings that can feel pain, when you put pressure on these potholes, it hurts. The pain actually releases inflammatory proteins that perpetuates more inflammation and swelling, which cause more pressure and more pain, and on and on the cycle continues. A hip replacement solves this problem by cutting out the nerve endings by removing the joint completely, but at a cost. There are risks involved, that is why it is done in a hospital and pain-free motion is not guaranteed. What’s more, hip replacement surgery is disruptive to your lifestyle. Recovery is longer than most patients realize.

 

Here’s why – one of the most important parts of hip replacement surgery is rehab. You need to strengthen and stretch the muscles around the hip joint so that you regain proper motion and the right amount of strength. Then you can resume your natural gait (how you walk), because this will affect your back, your knees, your hip, and everything else. This rehabilitation process can take six months or more. Unfortunately, a significant number of people who undergo hip replacement end up with chronic pain for the rest of their lives even if the surgery goes well. Once you have a hip replacement, your range of motion is restricted from certain movements in order to protect the mechanical implant. You should be aware of this, especially if your surgeon doesn’t give you all of the details prior to you having the surgery.

 

Here at AROmotion, we offer minimally invasive alternatives to total hip replacement surgery, alternatives that allow you to keep your natural joint and that will get you up and moving without pain within a day or two. These require very little downtime as far as recovery. We have helped thousands of patients suffering from joint pain to avoid replacement surgery by combining the technologies of radiofrequency neurotomy , orthobiologics, and physical reconditioning to stop the pain, promote healing, and restore pain-free motion.

 

To schedule a consultation and find out if you are a candidate for any of our minimally invasive procedures or treatments, contact us today or visit aromotion.com

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