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Total Hip Replacement

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Total Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement is a surgery that replaces damaged or diseased bone in your hip with artificial parts. We may recommend a total hip replacement if you continue to have hip pain even after nonsurgical treatments.

Hip replacement may help if your arthritis keeps you from your daily activities or sleep, or gives you hip weakness or loss of motion. Hip replacements can also treat hip fractures and some bone tumors. In any case, physical therapy is an important part of your recovery from hip replacement surgery.

During Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery can require a short stay in our hospital. Procedures may vary depending on your condition and your health care provider's practices. During surgery, the surgeon will remove the damaged parts of your hip joint and replace them with artificial parts, called prostheses.

The two most common types of artificial hip prostheses used are cement prostheses and uncemented prostheses. A cemented prosthesis attaches to the bone with surgical cement, while an uncemented prosthesis attaches to the bone with a porous surface. Your orthopedic surgeon will talk about the options that may work best for you given your unique circumstances.

After Hip Replacement Surgery

A typical hip replacement surgery lasts about two hours. After the surgery, you’ll be moved to a private room. Your nursing and rehabilitation therapy team will help you get up and moving as soon as possible during your short hospital stay.

Your physical therapist will make an individualized plan to help you move through different conditions, like going from one surface to another. We strongly encourage your family and friends to participate and learn how to help you once you get home. The nursing team will help with your pain control so that you can participate in mobility training and a successful recovery.

Your case management team will work with your care team to plan for your discharge from the hospital. The team will also discuss any home care needs recommended for your recovery and arrange them before your discharge.

After you leave the hospital, you should follow up with your primary care physician. You will also have follow-up appointments with your surgeon. University Health can seamlessly coordinate your care, and your care team will be working together every step of the way.

Our comprehensive program is designed to get you to the best outcome as soon as possible.

After leaving the hospital, you may need outpatient rehabilitation, which we provide at multiple clinics.




Doctors
  1. Animesh Agarwal, MD
    Orthopedic Surgery
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  2. Crystal Ramanujam, DPM
    Podiatry
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  3. Ian Whitney, MD
    Orthopedic Surgery
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Before Surgery
  • Attend the preoperative anesthesia clinic
  • Attend the joint replacement class during your anesthesia clinic visit
  • Identify a support person who will be your primary caregiver during and after surgery
  • Arrange for someone to take you to the hospital on the day of your surgery and take you home on the day of discharge
  • Plan how you will get your meals at home after your surgery
  • Stop smoking
  • Discuss all medications with your surgeon and anesthesia doctors
  • Tell your doctor about any skin wounds on your feet, legs, buttocks or backside
  • Complete the home safety checklist your care team will give you