Dr Niraj Vora – What to Expect After Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery and its after-effects are a matter of concern for many patients, especially those who are quite aged. There are certain tools for physiotherapy, which are suggested to the patients after hip replacement surgery. This includes the following points:

  • Patients are advised how to move freely and how to start brisk walking after some days
  • How to climb the staircase, or walk with the support of crutches and supportive sticks
  • Since the hip joints tend to get accustomed to the new found mobility within a short time, the patients are also told to use Heparin sodium injection, and other medicines which should be prescribed by a medical practitioner
  • If the patients face problems after hip replacement they can take aid of the stocking aids, bathroom sticks with long handles, and reachers with sponge and long handles, for getting better benefits.

The cases of blood clots and swelling of the joints:

Patients may face cases of blood clots and swelling or pain in joints, or minor scars especially after hip replacement surgery procedure and they can contact their orthopaedic surgeons if they feel even the slightest difficulties in movement. The Sodium Heparin injection is often administered to prevent post-surgical blood loss. The area around the scars can remain painful for some days, and the patient can be treated with the help of proper dietary restrictions, technical movement of body parts, and they can also get adequate help from the physiotherapists.

Precautions and knowledge about hip replacement:

Pain after hip replacement surgery is a common phenomenon, but painkillers should not be consumed without prior medical advice. The replaced joint does not work in the similar level as the original hip joint, so extra precaution is always required as an additional measure.

  • Oral pills or Intravenous injections are administered according to the specific requirements. It may vary from one patient to another. For instance, some patients may suffer from knee pain after hip replacement surgery, and the hip joints as well as the knee joints can be dislocated all on a sudden if the patient applies excess pressure on these joints
  • The hip replacement leg should not be crossed even for once across the other leg
  • The bowel activities may suffer a setback, exhaustion, dressing of wound, dryness and irritation of the stitches are also quite common. So the patients have to consult with their surgeons accordingly.