Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hip replacement surgery info

Starting to plan for my right hip surgery. Asking professionals I know to reach out to their contacts about pre/post surgery training and secondarily about surgeons/hospitals to stay away from.

Every person I have talked to raves about how great their hips feel after the surgery. I never hear anything negative ("I had the best surgeon."). I think that just about anybody doing a fair number of hip replacements a year is going to be fine.

What I am looking for the someone that uses the newer minimally invasive, 2 inch, technique (MIS). Not everyone has been trained and it may not be covered by insurance yet, all this needs to be investigated.

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) with Computer-Assisted Navigation (CAN) allows the surgeon to perform the hip replacement through one or two smaller incisions.
  • Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA); complete hip replacement surgery.
  • Direct Anterior Approach (DAA)
  • Venous Thromboembolism (VTE); potentially fatal blood clot, risk of occurrence is greater after THA.
  • Short Term Recovery; patient no longer needs walking aids and can walk around the house without pain--in addition to being able to walk two blocks around the house without pain or resting. Short-term recovery also involves getting off major pain killers and having a full night's sleep without pills. (4 to 6 weeks)
  • Long Term Recovery; complete healing of surgical wounds and internal soft tissues. When a patient can return to work and the activities of daily living, they are on the way to achieving the full term of recovery. Another indicator is when the patient finally feels normal again. (6 months)

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