Hip replacement, also called hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace a worn-out or damaged part of your hip joint. The surgeon replaces them with an artificial joint surface (prosthesis), which are made of metal, ceramic or highly durable polyethylene.
You will undergo different tests beforehand to ensure you are healthy enough for the procedure. These will include:
Our team will provide you with a complete set of instructions about preparing yourself for surgery. These can include:
Our nurse inserts an IV line for injecting medication and fluids through your vein. You will be given an intravenous antibiotic before, during, and after the procedure to help prevent post-surgical infection.
Your surgeon might also give you a nerve block by injecting an anaesthetic in and around the joint to help block pain after your surgery. You may be put under general anaesthesia, which means you will not be conscious before and during the surgery or under spinal anaesthesia, which leaves you awake but unable to feel pain from your waist down.
Do your exercises regularly, for the best recovery, follow all your care team’s instructions concerning wound care, diet and exercise.