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Hip Replacement surgery in Chunni-ganj, Kanpur

When a damaged part of the hip joint causes intolerable pain and discomfort, a hip replacement surgery is performed to replace it with an artificial joint. Also known as total hip arthroplasty, hip surgery is a surgery performed at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur, that involves replacing the worn-off joint with artificial joints that are usually made out of ceramic, very hard plastic, and metal.

Hip replacement can help end the pain and discomfort that is being experienced along with an increased range of motion in the joint. The pain in the hip joint is commonly caused due to arthritis and treated through hip replacement surgery only after other methods of treatment like physical therapy or pain medication cannot help the patient.

Different types of arthritis can lead to damage of the hip joint and make hip replacement surgery necessary. These types are:

  • Osteoarthritis

    This is a common condition among middle and old-aged people, causing damage to the cartilage that helps in smooth movement of the joints and adjacent bones that it covers.

  • Traumatic arthritis

    This is usually caused due to an injury that may also cause damage to the cartilage present in the hip.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

    This type is usually caused due to an overactive immune system that results in inflammation damaging the cartilage and eventually other bones covered by it. Severe pain, stiffness, and deformation of joints are experienced due to this kind of arthritis.

  • Osteonecrosis

    This occurs when the bones collapse or deform due to not enough blood being supplied to the hip joint which can be a result of dislocation or fracture in the hip joints.

What happens during hip replacement surgery?

Both conventional and minimally invasive techniques can be used for hip replacement surgery at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur. The goal is to replace the parts of the hip joint that have been damaged or worn off due to overuse or injury.

As it is major surgery, general anesthesia is administered to make the patient unconscious and avoid any discomfort or pain that is caused during the operation.

In a traditional method of surgery, several inches long incision is made along the hip joint to access and remove the damaged hip bone and cartilage.

While in a minimally invasive procedure, the incision is comparatively smaller than the one made in the traditional procedure.

Then as a replacement for the damaged socket, artificial prosthetics are placed into the pelvic bone. Surgical cement is used to fix the prosthetics in the right place.

Similarly, the ball portion on the top of the thighbone or femur is removed by cutting the thighbone and replaced with a prosthetic ball. This is also attached to a stem fitting into the thighbone using surgical cement.

The incision is then closed using sutures or stitches and covered with bandages. A drain may be placed for a few hours in case fluids are flowing out of the incision site.

Why should you get a hip replacement?

Since it is recommended to undergo a hip replacement surgery only in case other treatment methods do not resolve your issue, the signs that may help you decide if you require a hip replacement are:

  • Persistent and worsening
  • Interfering with your sleep
  • Causing difficulty in climbing stairs
  • Causing trouble in daily activities

Post-surgery risks and complications

Like any other surgery, certain risks are associated with hip replacement surgery. These include:

  • Infection
  • Blood clotting
  • Fracture or dislocation
  • Nerve damage or injury
  • Requirement for another hip surgery
  • Change in leg’s length

In case you experience any of the mentioned complications post-surgery for a prolonged period, immediately contact your doctor or surgeon.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Kanpur

Call1860-500-2244 to book an appointment

1. What is the post-surgery recovery period?

A hospital stay from 4 to 6 days is recommended after hip replacement surgery. Any strenuous activities should be avoided for 6 to 12 months during the recovery period. Physical therapy is also recommended during this time.

2. How long does the newly replaced joint last post-surgery?

The majority of hip replacements last for about 20 years after surgery. However, as medical techniques are ever-evolving, implants with new developments should last longer.

3. Are there any pre-surgery tests required?

Your doctor will run a physical examination and record your medical history and any medications that you have been taking.


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