Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hip Replacement?
Hip Replacement is a surgical procedure that helps in restoring the functions of the damaged or diseased hip joint by replacing it with artificial parts called prosthetics. Hip replacement helps in treating bone diseases like Osteoarthritis and Osteonecrosis. It improves patient quality of life.
Hip Replacement can be done in two ways based on the diagnosis and they are:
- Unilateral Hip Replacement
- Bilateral Hip replacement
What can be the advantages of Hip Replacement?
Advantages of Hip Replacement are the following:
- Reduces pain while walking or running
- Improves ability to walk
- Improves the quality of life for all ages of patients with restricted hip movement
- Faster recovery
- Restores the movement and activity of hip
What are the indications of Hip Replacement?
Indications of Hip Replacement are the following:
- Severe hip fracture
- Septic arthritis
- Bone dysplasia (unusual bone growth)
- Deformed hip joint with pain and loss of cartilage
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Perthes disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
What is the preparation for Hip Replacement?
- About the risks, complications, and uses of Hip Replacement should be discussed with the doctor.
- The patient should inform about past and present medical and medication history to the doctor.
- The doctor may suggest undergoing a few lab tests and other examinations
- The medical condition of the patient may be checked by the doctor before undergoing Hip Replacement.
- The patient should sign a consent form before undergoing this surgery.
What are the steps involved in the Hip Replacement?
Hip Replacement involves the following steps:
- The patient will be under general anesthetic effect and do not feel any kind of pain.
- The damaged bone and cartilage in the hip joint will be removed by the surgeon.
- By cutting the femoral head, worn out ball-and-socket hip joint is removed.
- The new ball-and-socket part [hip joint] replaces the damaged socket part.
- To remove all the fluids from the site of surgery, a drain is used.
- The muscles are reattached and the incision is closed.
What is the post-surgery care taken for patients?
- Walk daily for 5-10 minutes.
- Restrict physical activities like exercises, yoga, running, etc.
- Make follow-up visits to the doctor to remove sutures.
- Do not lift heavyweights.
- If the pain and swelling are present even after the surgery, then take the medications provided by the doctor.
Doctors from which specialty can perform this Hip Replacement?
An Orthopedic Surgeon can perform Hip Replacement.
What is the price of Hip Replacement in Chennai?
Expenses for Hip Replacement in Chennai changes due to the following factors:
- The medical condition of the patient
- Surgeon fee
- Admission fee
- Age of the patient
- Surgeon fee
- Type of hospital
- The admission room that you opted for
- Post-surgical complications that are involved
- Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, ECG, etc
- Type of surgery planned to be performed.
- Type of implants used
Minimum amount to be paid in Chennai starts from Rs.90,000
Average charges in Chennai is approximately Rs.2,53,380
Maximum cost in Delhi rises up to Rs.8,00,000
Expenses for Bilateral Hip Replacement surgery in Mumbai may be around Rs.6,60,000
In Mumbai, amount to be paid for Unilateral Hip Replacement Surgery may be around Rs.3,85,000
Is Hip Replacement a major surgery or minor surgery?
Hip Replacement is major surgery as it involves replacing the damaged hip joint with an artificial man-made prosthesis.
What is the eligibility criteria for Hip Replacement?
- People whose daily activities are affected by bone-related diseases like osteoarthritis and osteonecrosis.
- Individuals suffering from severe pain at the hip joint region.
- People with damaged hip-joint.
- Patients who are unable to walk or decreased walking due to hip joint stiffness.
What is the ineligibility criteria for Hip Replacement?
- Patients suffering from pain and swelling at the hip joint region and can be decreased or reduced with the help of medications or other options such as cortisol injection or joint supplements, etc.
- Individuals with a weak health condition.
What are the risks and complications of Hip Replacement?
Hip Replacement has the following risks and complications:
- Change in the length of the leg
- Hip joint dislocation
- Blood clot formation
- Infection at the site of surgery
- Nerve damage at the site of the surgery
How much time does it take to complete Hip Replacement?
Hip Replacement may take about 60-90 minutes to complete.
What is the recovery time from Hip Replacement?
To recover from Hip Replacement, the patient may take around 3-6 weeks.
What is the success rate of Hip Replacement?
A few factors may determine the success rate of Hip Replacement and they are:
- The medical condition of the patient
- Experience of the surgeon
- Patient age
- Type of surgery performed
- Type of the implants used in the surgery
However, the success rate of Hip-Replacement maybe 90% to 95%.
Does Hip Replacement hurt the patient?
As the patients who are undergoing this surgery will be under the anesthetic effect and can not sense any kind of pain during the surgery process.
Is Hip Replacement a permanent surgery?
This surgery is permanent as it involves placing artificial implants at the site of the damaged hip joint.
What can be the long-term effects of Hip Replacement?
- Improves hip joint motion range
- Provides better quality of life to the patient
- Reduces pain in the joint
- Improves walking ability
Is it possible to be detected in the future?
Due to the presence of scars at the site of surgery, Hip Replacement can be detected in the future.
What measures can be taken if Hip Replacement fails?
In case of a failed Hip Replacement, the doctor may suggest undergoing revision surgery.
Are there any alternatives to Hip Replacement?
Alternatives for Hip Replacement are:
- Hip osteotomy
- Joint supplements
- Non-inflammatory medicines
- Hip resurfacing
- Cortisone injections
- Hip fusion [Arthrodesis]
- Resection arthroplasty [Girdlestone procedure]