Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hip Replacement?
Hip Replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces the damaged or diseased hip joint. It replaces either complete or partial hip joint with prosthetics [man made artificial parts]. Hip replacement surgery helps the patients in improving their walking ability, reducing pain and other symptoms, and restores the activity of hip and its joint.
Hip replacement may be done as Complete Hip Replacement [CHR] or Partial Hip Replacement [PHR]. It is of two types and they are:
- Unilateral Hip Replacement
- Bilateral Hip replacement
What are the uses of Hip Replacement?
Following are the uses of Hip Replacement:
- Faster recovery
- Improves the ability to walk
- Reduces pain while walking or running
- Improves the quality of life for all ages of patients with restricted hip movement.
- Restores the movement and activity of hip
In what conditions Hip Replacement is indicated?
Indications of Hip Replacement are the following:
- Perthes disease
- Bone dysplasia (unusual bone growth)
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Septic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Severe hip fracture
- Deformed hip joint with pain and loss of cartilage
How a patient should prepare for Hip Replacement?
Before undergoing Hip Replacement surgery, the following preparation is needed:
- Should discuss all the risks, complications, and benefits of Hip Replacement with the doctor.
- Inform the doctor about the past and present medications and medical history.
- The patient should undergo a few lab tests suggested by the doctor.
- Should lose weight as discussed with the doctor.
- The doctor may evaluate and check the patient health condition.
- Before the surgery, the patient should sign a consent form.
How Hip Replacement is performed?
Hip Replacement is performed by following the below 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 can be done after Hip Replacement?
Few steps are recommended by the doctor for the recovery from Hip Replacement and they are:
- Do not lift heavyweights.
- Walk daily for 5-10 minutes.
- If the pain and swelling are present even after the surgery, then take the medications provided by the doctor.
- Restrict physical activities like exercises, yoga, running, etc.
- Make follow-up visits to the doctor to remove sutures.
Who can perform Hip Replacement?
An Orthopedic Surgeon can perform Hip Replacement.
What is the price of Hip Replacement in Gurgaon?
Price of Hip Replacement in Gurgaon may vary due to the following factors:
- Age of the patient
- Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, ECG, etc
- Type of hospital
- Surgeon fee
- The medical condition of the patient
- Type of surgery planned to be performed.
- Post-surgical complications that are involved
- Area of the body to be treated
- The admission room that you opted for
- Admission fee
Minimum amount to be paid in Gurgaon starts from Rs.1,60,000
Average expenses in Gurgaon is approximately Rs.2,02,500
Maximum charges in Gurgaon rise up to Rs.2,45,000
Price for Bilateral Hip Replacement surgery may be around Rs.6,00,000
Cost of Unilateral Hip Replacement Surgery may be around Rs.3,50,000
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.
Who are eligible to undergo Hip Replacement?
Eligible candidates for Hip Replacement are:
- People whose daily activities are affected by bone-related diseases like Osteoarthritis and Osteonecrosis
- People with damaged hip-joint
- Individuals suffering from severe pain at the hip joint region
- Patient with hip joint stiffness and are unable to walk or decreased walking
Who are ineligible to undergo Hip Replacement?
Ineligible candidates for Hip Replacement are:
- 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 poor or weak health condition.
What can be the complications and risks associated with Hip Replacement?
Complications and risks associated with Hip Replacement are:
- Hip joint dislocation
- Blood clot formation
- Nerve damage at the site of the surgery
- Infection at the site of surgery
- Change in the length of the leg
How long does Hip Replacement take to complete?
Hip Replacement may take about 60-90 minutes to complete.
How much time does a patient take to recover from Hip Replacement?
Recovery time from Hip Replacement maybe 3-6 weeks and depends on the health condition of the patient.
What is the success rate of Hip Replacement?
The success rate of Hip Replacement is determined by factors such as:
- Type of surgery performed
- The medical condition of the patient
- Experience of the surgeon
- Patient age
- Type of implants used in the surgery
However, the success rate of Hip-Replacement maybe 90% to 95%.
Does Hip Replacement cause pain?
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
- Reduces pain in the joint
- Improves walking ability
- Provides a better quality of life to the patient
Can Hip Replacement 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 can be done after Hip Replacement failure?
If Hip Replacement is not successful, then the doctor may suggest undergoing revision surgery.
What are other options for Hip Replacement?
Other options for Hip Replacement are the following:
- Hip resurfacing
- Non-inflammatory medicines
- Hip fusion [Arthrodesis]
- Resection arthroplasty [Girdlestone procedure]
- Hip osteotomy
- Cortisone injections
- Joint supplements