Individuals who are unable to perform activities of daily living due to bone-on-bone hip osteoarthritis are best treated with total hip replacement (THR). While there are a plethora of benefits associated with THR, a prolonged postoperative rehabilitation period is one of the drawbacks of this procedure. However, with rapid recovery hip replacement surgery, patients can expect to fast track their recuperation.
The rapid recovery program places patient education at the forefront. Prior to your procedure, you will be advised on exercises to strengthen the hip muscles and other measures to ensure you are in the best condition possible for the surgery. Additionally, you will be provided with materials outlining what you can expect before, during, and after the day of surgery. In order to create a personalized and safe surgical experience, your general health and any pre-existing medical conditions will also be reviewed at your preoperative visit.
Rapid recovery hip replacement surgery is less invasive than you might think, only requiring a single three- to four-inch incision. This minimally invasive approach allows the surgeon to access the joint by going through the front of the hip, preserving muscles, tendons, and ligaments. As a result, blood loss and surgical trauma are significantly reduced. Further, this procedure is efficient, which minimizes the amount of anesthesia required, therefore reducing the risk of anesthetic complications.
A few hours following the surgery, you will be encouraged to get on your feet use your new hip. With early mobilization of the joint, you can expect an expedited return of strength and normal function. Since you are discharged quickly, often the same day, the risk of infection and blood clots is reduced as well. It is also important to note that the preservation of many vital structures surrounding the hip joint lessens postoperative restrictions and the risk of hip displacement after the surgery.
Book an appointment at the American Hip Institute to find out if you are a candidate for Rapid Recovery Hip Replacement Surgery.
Dr. Benjamin Domb is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine and Hip Arthroscopy. He is the Founder and Medical Director at American Hip Institute, and is rated amongst the Top Doctors in the USA by the NY Times, US News & World Report, and Castle Connelly. The doctors at the American Hip Institute® have been global leaders in Hip Arthroscopy and Robotic Surgery for over a decade. While some would call this excellence, we simply call it the American Hip Institute standard.