If you’re hip is causing you concern due to ongoing, persistent pain, which makes even routine movements a real chore, you could suffer from osteoarthritis, a common condition resulting in the wear and tear of the hip surfaces. Over time, this cartilage that cushions the bones can wear away causing significant pain and discomfort.
Do I Need Hip Surgery?
As this cushion wears away, you can be left with arthritic hip pain, which severely limits your daily activities and might require surgery. Our Care Team is ready to provide you with a thorough examination and diagnosis so that if a procedure is needed you will understand your options. You will only be scheduled for surgery if traditional measures, such as exercise, physical therapy and/or medications fail to alleviate your condition.
If you are a candidate for surgery, your Surgeon will determine the best type of implant that is right for you. Today, there are many types of implants available and your specific device will be determined after considering your age, activity level, and the device’s historic performance.
Generally, when total hip replacement surgery is performed, you will be in the hospital for approximately one to three days and preparation begins a full six weeks prior to your procedure.
Preparing For Surgery
Once scheduled, your Care Team will develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. Your surgeon will provide you with a guidebook that will walk you through the entire process. The Surgeon’s office will coordinate your preoperative care. You will be required to attend a number of specific appointments in preparation for your surgery including
- Preadmission medical clearance with your primary care physician Preadmission testing at the hospital
- A preoperative education class
- Other appointments that your Physician may require for preoperative medical clearance
For your convenience, our Orthopedic Care Coordinator, Debbie Levenson, is available to assist you during regular business hours; please call 617-499-5882. She will answer any questions you might have about any part of this process.
In addition to all your required medical preparations, you should also be preparing your home. This might involve moving commonly used items to within easy reach, taking safety precautions so that you can navigate around your home , and making your bathroom accessible during your recovery.
Historically, the best way to prepare for surgery is to go through a series of lower extremity range of motion and strengthening exercises and to optimize your aerobic capacity in preparation for the procedure. Having your Coach assist you is a great idea, both before surgery and during your recovery and rehabilitation.
For a more comprehensive overview of what to expect please of our Hip Guidebook by clicking on this link. This interactive tool provides you with a detailed review of all the things you should consider in preparation for your surgery.
When You Arrive
Upon arriving for your surgery, your Care Team will provide you with all the information you need, from reviewing anesthesia to different types of pain you can expect, to how you can best facilitate your recovery and rehabilitation. Your Care Team therapists will get you started on a postoperative exercise program to help ease you back to independence.
It is our goal at the Longfellow Center to have you out of bed and walking on the day of surgery to discharge within three days of your arrival, and back to a full recovery in 3 months or less!
Follow Up Care
After the procedure, you will follow up with your Surgeon for your postoperative care. After your recovery, you should see your surgeon no less than once every year.
For more information, view our upcoming educational seminars and preoperative educational classes, as well as answers to many frequently asked questions.
Your Care Team at the Longfellow Joint Care Center stands ready to answer any and all questions that you might have about your hip replacement procedure - our experience, dedication, and compassion for your well-being are second to none, so please give us a call today at 617-499-5882.