If you suffer from hip pain, you’ve likely realized you’ll need a hip replacement at some point.
In the past, hip replacement surgery was invasive and frankly, a scary endeavor for those contemplating it.
The goal of a hip replacement is to replace the parts of the hip joint that have been damaged and relieve hip pain that can no longer be controlled by other methods.
With advances in technology and the progress of robotic-assisted surgery, same-day hip replacements are possible.
There is no difference in the method between the same-day and other hip replacement procedures but there is a clear contrast between the speed and aggressiveness of the recovery period.
If you are a young, healthy, and active person who wants a rapid recovery, same-day hip replacement is likely suitable for you.
Orthopedic surgeons agree that same-day hip replacement procedures should only be performed on patients who are healthy enough for same-day surgery and have appropriate support to be discharged in such a manner.
With the same-day technique, you’ll be in and out of the hospital in a day.
You get to go home, rest in your own bed and avoid the hospital, decreasing exposure to sickness and infection.
Preparation for Surgery
To get started, interested patients go through a screening process to ensure no medical problems exist.
Many patients will be a good fit, but if you suffer from sleep apnea or other conditions that require overnight monitoring, you’ll have to stay at the hospital.
Once the screening is complete, you’ll be selected for the program.
To prepare for surgery, you will attend a joint replacement class and physical therapy to ensure you know how to walk using crutches or a walker post-op.
You’ll also meet with an anesthesiologist to go over the associated risks.
The operation takes approximately an hour and a half.
The procedure is done with computer or robotic assistance and is minimally invasive, lessening trauma after surgery and increasing recovery speed.
The surgeon will use an anterior approach, consisting of a small incision in the front of the hip. This approach causes less trauma than previous techniques, sparing muscles and tendons from being cut.
The worn ball-and-socket joint is removed and replaced with an artificial socket. Finally, a stem with a ball is inserted into the femur bone.
This technique minimizes post-surgical pain and helps patients function faster than previous procedures.
The approach decreases the risk of complications, including dislocation and leg-length discrepancy while improving the accuracy of new hip positioning and is less complicated than surgeries where patients stay in the hospital.
After surgery, you’ll work with a physical therapist to make sure you can properly use the crutches or walker.
Once medically cleared, you’ll go home with pain medications.
You’ll receive a follow-up call from our office and be provided nurse visits and physical therapy at your home.
You can expect to walk with crutches for about two weeks and a cane for a few weeks after the operation. By 4 – 6 weeks post op, most patients will be doing great.
This procedure is best for motivated patients because of the quick recovery time.
If the time has come to have a hip replacement, or you’re experiencing hip pain and are in the New York City area, make an appointment with Dr. Vigdorchik today.