Hip Joint Replacement
The decision to proceed with a hip replacement is not an easy one. It is an operation and the experience can be frightening and can create anxiety. However, for those with painful arthritis, a hip replacement can mean the difference between immobility and the return to a normal life.
Hip replacements last for many years: about 90-95% of total hip replacements last 15 to 20 years and it is one of the most successful operations invented. The operation takes about 1 to 2 hours to complete and involves a 2 to 3 day stay in the hospital. One is walking the day of surgery with a walker. Progression to a cane takes about 2 to 3 weeks and then the need for a cane dissipates after about 6 weeks. Rehabilitation starts immediately after the operation and continues after you leave the hospital. Full recovery varies from person to person, but can take up to 3 months. For those who are working, return to work occurs as soon as pain and mobility allow.
There are risks involved with the operation and this is something you should discuss in detail with your surgeon so you can make an informed decision.
There are different surgical approaches to hip replacement: anterior, lateral, and posterior. Dr Akhtar has extensive experience with and utilizes all three approaches. Each patient is evaluated individually and a customized surgical plan involving surgical approach and implant type is developed depending on anatomical differences and patient preferences.
It is important to select an experienced surgeon when you decide to have this operation. Dr. Akhtar has evaluated thousands of patients and has performed hundreds of primary and revision hip replacement surgeries. He specializes in complex cases and uses the latest technologies to optimize outcomes. He performs:
- Direct Anterior hip replacement
- Partial hip replacement
- Revision hip replacement
- Computer assisted surgery
- Hip replacement for dysplasia, post-traumatic arthritis, inflammatory arthritis and other causes of hip disease
- Hip fracture surgery
Here are some links from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons about Hip Arthritis and Hip Replacement:
- Arthritis of the Hip
- Hip Replacement Implants
- Total Hip Replacement
- Activities After Hip Replacement
- Total Hip Replacement Exercise Guide
- Anesthesia for Hip & Knee Surgery
Here is an an important video about how to prepare for hip replacement surgery.