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5 Steps to a Successful Hip Replacement Surgery – AARP

 

AARP recommends 5 tips to ensure a successful hip replacement	   5 Tips for a Successful Hip Replacement Surgery

For starters, choose an experienced surgeon and finish with commitment to physical therapy

Total hip replacements are on the rise. Now, more than 285,000 of the procedures are performed in the United States each year, up more than 25 percent in just five years, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Total hip replacement surgery has some of the best results of all major surgeries,” says Paul King, M.D., director of the Joint Center at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. Insurance, whether Medicare or commercial, usually covers the bill short of the co-pay. What’s more, the implants, whether ceramic-on-ceramic, or metal and highly cross-linked polyethylene, typically last 20 to 25 years.

Physical therapy after hip replacement surgery is one of the keys to a successful recovery. — Photo by Getty Images

Still, a hip replacement shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s a big surgery and — as with all surgeries — there can be complications. To boost your chances of having a successful surgery, pay attention to these five things.

1. Choose an experienced surgeon who frequently performs hip replacements

William Washington, 73, of Washington, D.C., had a total hip replacement nine years ago after arthritis had so damaged cartilage in his hip that bolts of pain routinely shot through his back. He’s pain-free now and plays golf regularly, a happy outcome he attributes to his choice of an experienced surgeon. “He had done plenty of these and many people had recommended him,” Washington says. “He’s the mechanic. He knows the way to do it.”

Experience is the key, but how much? At least 30 replacements a year, says Brian Parsley, an orthopedic surgeon in Houston and one of the directors of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. And the surgeon should have done at least 100 procedures, says Justin Cashman, a Maryland orthopedic surgeon. How to find such a surgeon? “Your primary care physician can point you in the right direction,” says Cashman.

5 Steps to a Successful Hip Replacement Surgery – AARP

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TOP 7 HIPster TIPS…During THR Recovery


1.  tvTime to add more movie channels to your TV – ask for a month free promotion.2.   emailAdd email and IM to your phone by getting a month free from your cell phone provider, says time and pain not to have to get up and check your mail; you get everything in one place.3.    baby blankie Buy yourself an adult “blankie” to curl up with and take with you in ever room you lie or relax in.  You should be getting up and changing positions every 25 or 30 minutes.  Taking your “blankie” with you helps to feel secure and safe in the womb of your recovery home.  Mine is a soft, lion-type motif….reminding me that I am strong….like a mother lion.

4.   groceryOrder groceries, water bottles and household items online (I used yummy.com), they deliver your favorites items (including hand-made deli food) and carry it up to your kitchen.

5.    walking with cane Find a neighbor who normally walks daily and ask them if you can tag along on a consistent basis, that way you don’t have to beg or encourage friends to come and take you for a walk.

6.   lettersTell the mailman you’ll be recovering inside your home, and if he/she wouldn’t mind leaving your mail by your door.   You can tip them during the holidays for this gift of convenience.

7.   pink_phone Have a buddy system with a few appointed friends, which you/they check in on daily, in the morning and at night.  Other people and friends have their own lives, and it’s frustrating and almost depressing to feel like you’ve been forgotten during the recovery time.

Take three smaller walks a day instead one big one (which is harder to recover from).  It’s like eating small meals throughout the day – much better for our bodies.  Same with walking….easier to recover from small walks – and more enjoyable to see the world throughout the day!

Ask for what you need – so people know!!! 


Stay tuned for more HIP tips as they reveal themselves!

xoxo…