6 Questions About Hip Replacement Surgery

A Question About Hip Replacement Surgery
6 Questions About Hip Replacement Surgery

Acıbadem Ataşehir Hospital Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Prof. Dr. Selami Çakmak answered the most frequently asked questions about hip replacement surgery; made suggestions and warnings.

“When will hip replacement surgery come to the fore?”

Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Prof. Dr. Selami Çakmak said, “If hip pain affects the daily activities of the person, it causes pain in squatting, sitting and standing functions, if the pain persists even at rest, if the joint movements have begun to be restricted and movement becomes increasingly difficult, despite the use of medications and walking aids such as walking sticks, the pain can be reduced. If there is no reduction, hip replacement surgery comes to the fore.” said.

Is the prosthesis applied to the young age group as well?

Although hip replacement surgery is usually performed on people between the ages of 50 and 80, Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Prof. says that there is no absolute age range for this surgery. Dr. Selami Çakmak said, “The severity of the patient's pain and the disability it creates are the main criteria that determine who should have a prosthesis. Therefore, hip replacement can be performed on people of all ages. For example, it can be applied to young people in their 20s who have had a rheumatic disease from childhood and have had early damage to the hip joint. At the same time, being overweight does not prevent prosthetic surgery. Of course, it is desirable to lose weight before prosthetic surgery; because excess weight can lead to wear on the prosthesis that can develop over the years and shorten the life of the prosthesis.

Is hip replacement surgery a safe method?

Stating that hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective method for eliminating pain in the hip and groin, increasing the range of motion of the hip and returning to normal daily life, Prof. Dr. Selami Çakmak continued:

“Increasing the quality of prostheses thanks to the developing technologies in recent years; It ensures that their compatibility within the body gradually increases, thus extending their useful life. With the introduction of modern operating rooms, developing new surgical methods, antibiotic treatments that prevent infection, and new drugs that provide blood flow, patient comfort has reached the highest level after hip replacement surgery.

How is hip replacement surgery performed?

Stating that the worn and worn cartilage joint surfaces are removed from the body in hip replacement surgery, Prof. Dr. Selami Çakmak, “By placing prosthesis in their place, painless and unrestricted movement of the hip joint is ensured. A prosthesis with a handle placed in the canal inside the thigh bone and a suitable dish for the prosthesis placed in its socket in the pelvis are placed. The materials of these prostheses are compatible with the body and are designed to function by staying in the body for a lifetime.

Is it inconvenient to do sports after the prosthesis?

It is extremely important to be conscious of what activities can be done after hip replacement surgery. Expressing that the compatibility of the prosthesis with the bone and afterwards, there may be minimal wear over the years in the moving part between the prosthesis surfaces, Prof. Dr. Selami Çakmak said, “With excessive activity and excessive weight gain, these abrasions occur more, thus shortening the life of the prosthesis. Therefore, it is recommended to do low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, cycling, hiking and dancing, while avoiding high-impact activities such as running or jumping.

What should be considered in daily life?

Although patients will be able to walk with the help of crutches, walkers or canes immediately after the surgery, they will need someone to help them with their daily work (cooking, bathing, shopping, etc.) for 3-4 weeks after the surgery. Stating that it may be beneficial to take some measures so that the process after discharge can pass comfortably, Prof. Dr. Selami Çakmak, “For example, safety handles that can be placed in the bathroom and toilet and used for holding on, toilet seat risers that facilitate comfortable sitting in the toilet, long shoehorns that protect the hip joint from excessive bending while wearing shoes are some of these. It is also important to eliminate carpet edges and electrical cables where feet can get stuck while walking. used his statements.

Günceleme: 06/01/2023 12:56

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