Hip joint replacement surgery is a surgical procedure where the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant. Other surgeries that can be performed in much the same way is an elbow joint replacement surgery, knee joint replacement surgery, and shoulder joint replacement surgery. Hip joint replacement surgery can be performed as a complete replacement or a half replacement. Hip joint replacement surgery is generally performed to relieve arthritic pain or fix severe physical joint damage as part of a hip fracture treatment.
A total hip joint replacement surgery is also referred to as a total hip arthroplasty and consists of replacing both the acetabulum and the femoral head. Hemiarthroplasty usually only replaces the femoral head. Hip joint replacement surgery is currently the most common orthopaedic operation, although patient satisfaction short and long term varies quite a bit. Since each person’s experience varies so, it is difficult for the satisfaction to be similar in each case.
Total hip replacement is most commonly used in order to treat joint failure that is caused by osteoarthritis. Other indications include rheumatoid arthritis, certain hip fractures, avascular necrosis, traumatic arthritis, benign and malignant bone tumors, and arthritis associated with Paget’s disease. The aims of the procedure are relieving pain and improving hip function. Hip replacement is usually only considered after other therapies, such as physical therapy and pain medications, have failed.
Being able to watch a hip joint replacement surgery video would be a wise choice before prep for surgery. Watching a video of the surgery can help you prepare for what to expect. It can offer you some things you need to know in order to prepare for the surgery. It also can show you what to expect from the surgery from pre-op, to the operation itself, and post-op. Being prepared for the surgery can make it easier to handle and deal with the recovery process afterwards. More research here.