In a total hip replacement, both the ball of the femur -- the long bone in your thigh -- and the cartilage in your hip socket are replaced with synthetic materials to create a smooth, functional joint and eliminate pain.
Hip replacement surgery can be performed using several different techniques, depending on what your doctor believes will best accomplish your treatment goals.
In some cases, your provider can perform hip replacement surgery through tiny incisions to limit risk and expedite healing. In other cases, larger, traditional incisions are required for better access and results.
Total hip replacement is for patients with severe arthritis causing chronic pain and limited mobility or ability to bear weight. Hip replacement is a routine surgery and can successfully restore your full range of motion and quality of life in patients with debilitating arthritis.
Because each patient is unique, recovery time varies from case to case. Patients who are in optimal health and who can follow their provider’s instructions at home are most likely to heal quickly after the procedure.
Smoking can delay the healing process or make it difficult to heal at all. In most cases, the first month is the most restrictive, and the entire healing process can take up to three months.
The amount of time you spend away from work depends on the kind of work you do and the way you heal after surgery.
You can do most of the things you used to do after hip replacement surgery with a few exceptions. Extreme sports and positions and high-impact sports or physical activity should be avoided permanently after your hip replacement surgery.
Numbness near the incision is common and can last a long time after surgery, but don't be concerned. While the new joint will feel very natural, your leg may feel different for a while because hip surgery restores your natural leg length, which the disease likely shortened before surgery.