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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 Pain Relief: Nonsurgical Treatments

Hip Pain Relief: Nonsurgical Treatment Options

When it comes to relieving hip pain, there are many different treatment options. Success varies not only by each individual’s hip, but also by what’s causing your hip pain. Care for arthritis pain, for example, often involves a combination of treatments. Be sure to consult your doctor to discuss the best treatment plan for you.

  • Medication
    Many drugs, both prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, are used to treat arthritis and control pain. Common medications are aspirin-free pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, disease modifiers, and sleep medications.
  • Low-impact exercise
    Regular exercise, including joint and muscle exercise, is important to improve strength and flexibility. It may lessen pain, increase movement, reduce fatigue, and help you look and feel better. And when done properly, it will not “wear out” joints or increase osteoarthritis.
  • Heat/cold therapies
    Use of heat or cold over joints may provide short-term relief from pain and stiffness. Cold packs/baths help reduce inflammation and swelling, and may be useful for flare-ups. Heat assists in relaxing muscles and increasing circulation.
  • Weight management
    Weight loss helps to ease pain by reducing stress on your joints. After all, your hip bears the full load of your weight.
  • Physical and occupational therapy
    Physical therapists can work with you to create a personalized exercise program and show you how to use therapeutic heat and massage. Occupational therapists can introduce you to all kinds of beneficial devices, such as those used to elevate chair or toilet-seat height.
  • Assistive devices
    You can protect your hips by using a cane or other walking aid to keep from putting excess stress on them. Shoe inserts called orthotics are designed to support, align, and improve the function of your foot. In turn, they may lessen the pressure on your hips.
  • Bracing
    Different types of hip braces may help reduce hip pain and improve stability and mobility.
  • Avoidance
    Particular activities to avoid include: excessive stair climbing; impact-loading sports such as jogging, downhill skiing, and high-impact aerobics; physical activities involving quick stop-start motion, twisting, or impact stresses; excessive bending and kneeling; lifting or pushing heavy objects; and sitting on low seating surfaces and chairs. When avoidance is not possible, try alternating periods of activity with periods of rest, so your joints don’t tire from the stress of repeated tasks.
  • Mental health
    Talking about your feelings with family members and friends, doing mental exercises such as meditations and staying positive, and joining local support groups can help you better manage your hip pain.
  • Nontraditional and alternative treatments
    Some people with osteoarthritis take vitamins C and D because of their role in the formation of joint material, including collagen and cartilage. Some take vitamin E, a major dietary antioxidant. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, typically used in combination, are the most commonly used dietary supplements, However, according to a study published in the 2006 New England Journal of Medicine, the results from a glucosamine/chondroitin arthritis trial showed that the supplements were no better at treating osteoarthritis than sugar pills.

Since herbal and dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA, and the effectiveness of these treatments is not widely supported by accepted scientific research, it is extremely important for you to consult with your physician about all supplements and medications that you’re taking or considering taking.

 

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