What can I do at home after hip replacement surgery for a quick recovery?
You can practice these simple measures to recover well after a hip replacement surgery:
- Avoid sitting on recliners. Sit straight and firm
- Limit climbing the stairs.
- Make the room clutter-free so that there is no risk of falling down.
- Don't let your pets jump on you until you recover completely.
- Strictly avoid wearing slippery sandals.
- Do not lift any weight until the doctor says otherwise.
Anatomy of the hip
The hip, in the simplest language, is a ball and socket joint. The ball which is located at the top of the thigh bone or the femur is known as the femoral head. The socket is a part of the pelvis and is also known as the acetabulum. The ball moves the socket and allows the leg to move backwards, forward and sideways.
When the hip is healthy and normal, the cartilage covers the ball and the socket allowing them to slide gently over each other. In a hip affected by arthritis, the cartilage gets worn down making the movement difficult. A person with an arthritic hip may find it difficult to move or walk. A person with hip arthritis often requires surgery to get relief from the painful condition.
Who is a good candidate for hip replacement?
Ideally, you should consider a hip replacement if you experience constant pain due to the damage in the hip joint. You should consider hip replacement if:
- Your hip damage is a result of an injury or fracture.
- You have tried other non-surgical methods but have not received any relief.
- You are above 18 years of age. There is no upper age limit for the surgery but complications may arise in the case of older people.
On the contrary, the orthopedic surgeon may not consider you a good candidate for hip replacement surgery if:
- You have a severe illness or any chronic infection.
- You have any muscle-related chronic disorder.