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Questions To Ask Before Hip Surgery

Questions To Ask Before Hip Surgery by Zimmer

Here’s a list of questions that may be helpful to ask your doctor before your hip surgery. We suggest you print this list and take it with you on your appointment.

 

  1. What complications may occur with this kind of surgery?
  2. What is the expected recovery time?
  3. How many days will I be in the hospital after surgery?
  4. Will I have physical therapy? If so, how often and for how long?
  5. Will I need full-time or part-time care? If so, for how long?
  6. Will I need a hospital bed at home?
  7. When can I lie on the operative side?
  8. How soon will I be able to walk after surgery?
  9. Will I need crutches or a walker? If so, for how long?
  10. How soon will I be able to climb stairs after surgery?
  11. How soon will I be able to drive a car after surgery?
  12. When can I shower after surgery?
  13. How soon will I be able to resume normal lifestyle activities besides walking (e.g., work, sports, housework, gardening, etc.)?
  14. Which sports may I participate in?
  15. What are lifting limits?
  16. When is sexual intercourse feasible after surgery?
  17. Will I set off the metal detectors at the airport?
  18. Will I need antibiotics for dental care?
  19. What is the implant made of? Which biomaterials will be used?
  20. In your estimate, how long will my joint replacement last?
  21. What can I do to help keep my joint replacement functioning as long as possible?
  22. What activities or other factors could make my joint replacement wear out more quickly, and what can I do to avoid them?
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Hip Replacement Implant Options – Metal, Plastic, Ceramic, Hip Implants

Hip replacements are among the most common orthopedic procedures. When a hip replacement is performed, the arthritic, damaged hip joint is removed. The ball-and-socket hip joint is then replaced with an artificial implant. The materials used in the implant depend on several factors, including the age of the patient, the activity level of the patient, and the surgeon’s preference.

Below are brief descriptions of some of the most commonly used hip replacement implants. Not all implants are options for all patients. These are general statements about the different implants; if you have specific questions about a particular implant you must discuss this with your doctor!

via Hip Replacement Implant Options – Metal, Plastic, Ceramic, Hip Implants.

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METAL TOXICITY TESTING

Sources of common metal exposure are:

• Dental restorations: fillings, crowns, pins, root-fillings, implants. Amalgam/silver fillings contain mercury, silver, tin, copper and zinc. Crown can contain gold, silver, palladium, copper, chromium, indium, gallium, iridium, nickel and more. Implants are often made of titanium, aluminium and vanadium.

• Orthopedic and body implants such as hip replacements, screws, nails, clips, usually made from titanium or stainless steel.

• Common implant alloys are:

• Stainless steel: Nickel, chromium, manganese, molybdenum

• Cobalt-chromium molybdenum steel: Chromium, molybdenum, nickel, iron, manganese, tungsten, aluminum, titanium, cobalt

• Vitallium: Cobalt, chromium, manganese, molybdenum

• Titanium: Aluminum, vanadium, nickel (trace)

via METAL TOXICITY TESTING.