Hip Replacement Surgery Length

Hip Replacement Surgery Length

Hip Replacement Surgery Length

One of the most common questions orthopedic surgeons hear is, “how long does it take to do a hip replacement?”. In other words, “Doc, how long will I be under?!”. This question is actually a bit of a joke because with a spinal block, you may not go under at all...Ba Dum Si! But really, knowing what’s actually going on during your total or partial hip replacement surgery is key to being comfortable with the procedure. Even if you don’t want to know the technical nitty gritty, a play-by-play of your actual surgery day will be helpful.

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How long does hip replacement surgery take to perform? 

The average hip replacement surgery takes just 1-2 hours to perform.

 How long your hip operation takes will depend on how complicated your case is, your physical state and weight, the severity of your joint osteoarthritis, the type of replacement you’re receiving (like anterior or posterior lateral) and of course, whether you’re getting a partial (hip hemiarthroplasty) or full hip replacement.

Day of Your Hip Replacement Surgery

  • You'll check in several hours before your scheduled surgery. Expect to stay for 3 to 4 days.
  • The procedure will probably last about 2 to 3 hours.
  • Recovery from anesthesia will probably take about 2 hours.
  • Once you're fully awake, you'll go to your hospital room.
  • You will likely stick to a liquid diet for the rest of the day.
  • You will need medication to help with pain and to prevent infection and blood clots.

Surgery Time

After your surgeon and team have created a completely sterile environment (yes, there’s a good chance your care team will be wearing space suits), they will make the incision. If you’re having minimally invasive surgery this cut will be 3-5 inches long, whereas a traditional incision may be as large as 8-10 inches. The incision will cut through the skin, tissue and muscles at the top of your thighbone, allowing your surgeon to gain access to your hip bone.

10 common questions about Hip Replacement Surgery Length

1How long do you have to stay in hospital after a hip replacement?
one to three days Immediately after surgery, a hip replacement recipient should expect to stay in the hospital for a short period of time (one to three days). In some unusual or extenuating circumstances, patients may stay longer. Most patients will be assisted in attempts to sit up and walk within a day or two after the operation.
2Is a hip replacement major surgery?
A hip replacement is major surgery, so is normally only recommended if other treatments, such as physiotherapy or steroid injections, haven't helped reduce pain or improve mobility.
3How long do you have to be off work for a hip replacement?
When you return to work depends mainly on what type of duties you must perform. Most patients do not return to work until at least 6 to 8 weeks after their hip has been replaced.
4Is it OK to sit in a recliner after hip replacement surgery?
While sitting, make sure that you use a straight back chair with arm rests, and do not sit in chairs or sofas lower than knee height since they require excessive bending at the hips when sitting down and getting up. Do not sit on low soft sofas or on stools and remember not to lean forward or cross your legs.
5How long does it take to walk normally after a hip replacement?
3 to 6 Weeks After Hip Replacement Surgery You may be able to do most light activities. You'll likely be able to walk without a walker or crutches.
6Will I limp after hip replacement?
Alleviating the Limp after a Total Hip Replacement. ... Following a hip replacement, most people will lack strength, while others will lack the proper flexibility and motion around the hip to achieve a smooth stride.
7How long does it take to walk without a limp after hip replacement?
You will walk without support when you feel you are safe and can walk comfortably without dropping your hip or limping. Some patients can do this within 2 weeks after surgery while others take 6-8 weeks or longer.
8Is it normal to sleep a lot after hip replacement?
The most common cause of sleep disruption is pain. It has been reported that more than half of patients wake up with pain after joint replacement. Many factors can affect the quality of sleep after a major surgery including anesthesia-type, narcotic use and discomfort due to pain or restricted leg movements.
9Will groin pain go away after hip replacement?
After total hip arthroplasty (THA), some patients continue to have groin pain. Conditions that can cause groin pain include infection or tumor, aseptic loosening of the components, and soft tissue in- flammation. ... This pain can be relieved by surgical release of the iliopsoas tendon.
10Is hip replacement painful?
Typically, knee replacement surgery hurts more than hip replacement surgery (sorry, knee people). After surgery, pain is no longer achy and arthritic but stems from wound healing, swelling and inflammation. Hip replacement patients often report little to no pain around the 2-6 week mark

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