An In-depth Look into Hip Replacement Surgery

It is definitely true that not all experiencing hip joint pain needs a total hip replacement. Aside from it is being expensive, in some patients it is just management of the pain through medications — like pain relievers. But what if your activities of daily living are affected? You can no longer function like you used to. A simple walk in the park or dressing up for a party used to be a joyful activity but now, it takes a lot of effort just to do these things. Although, there are scepticisms about hip replacements, just for instance, complaints about defective DePuy ASR implant are a lot these days, still, one way or another it may help you ease the pain.

We have been talking about hip replacements here, but what exactly is hip replacement surgery? What does it do to your body? What about its benefits and risks?

Well, let us start with the hip. Our hip is a ball and socket joint. Usually the ball at the top of your thigh bone (femur) moves slickly in the socket of your pelvis, which has a lining of glossy cartilage. The cartilage stops your bones from rubbing together and has no feeling like our fingernails. If your cartilage is worn away, the underlying bone is exposed and your joint becomes painful and hard, which makes walking and moving around painful. A new hip joint may help to bring back your flexibility and reduce pain.

This is where hip replacements take place. Hip replacement surgery is done when hip joint damage due to injury or disease causes pain and loss of mobility. The operation changes the socket of the hip and the rounded end of the thigh bone with artificial parts made of plastic and metal alloys. Approximately, it takes two hours under general anaesthesia, though there is also epidural anaesthesia which dulls the lower half of your body and is less risky than a general anaesthesia.

Your new hip will improve your leg strength, movement and flexibility. When you have fully recovered, you will be able to enjoy again your daily activities. However, there are also complications that may develop after the operation, which include infection, joint dislocation, hip fracture, nerve damage, difference in leg length, and unstable joint.

Usually, the product widely used in performing hip replacement surgery is DePuy ASR XL System. Sadly, there is a Depuy ASR hip implant recall going on because of a high failure rate.