This surgery replaces the two major parts of the hip joint with man-made materials.
The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball is the head of the femur, the large bone in the top of the leg. The socket is the lower part of the pelvic bone, where the head of the femur sits. 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:
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?
After your surgery, you should know what you had done, what medication was given, and what symptoms you should report to your healthcare provider. You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans. Your surgeon should also let your primary care physician know the details of your surgery and treatment plan.
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