Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hip Replacement and its advantages?
Hip Replacement is a surgical procedure that involves replacing the damaged hip with artificial parts called prosthesis. Hip Replacement helps in improving walking ability, reduces the pain and swelling at the hip joint and treats bone-related diseases such as osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis, etc. It can be done either completely or partially.
Hip Replacement is of two types and they are:
- Unilateral hip Replacement
- Bilateral hip replacement
Advantages of Hip Replacement are the following:
- Improves the quality of life for all ages of patients with restricted hip movement.
- Restores the movement and activity of hip
- Faster recovery
- Improves the ability to walk
- Reduces pain while walking or running
What are the indications of Hip Replacement?
Indications of Hip Replacement are the following:
- Deformed hip joint with pain and loss of cartilage
- Perthes disease
- Severe hip fracture
- Bone dysplasia (unusual bone growth)
- Septic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
What can be the preparation for Hip Replacement?
Before undergoing Hip Replacement surgery, the following preparation is needed:
- Should lose weight as discussed with the doctor.
- Before undergoing the surgery, the medical condition of the patient will be checked by the doctor.
- The patient should inform past and present medical and medication history to the doctor.
- A few lab tests or other examinations may be recommended by the doctor to the patient.
- Discuss all the risks and complications along with the benefits of Hip Replacement with the doctor.
- Before the surgery, the patient should sign a consent form.
How Hip Replacement is done?
Hip Replacement can be done by following the steps below:
- Before undergoing the surgery, the patient is sedated to avoid pain during the surgery.
- The surgeon will remove the damaged bone and cartilage in the hip joint.
- The worn out ball-and-socket hip joint is removed by cutting the femoral head.
- The new ball-and-socket part [hip joint] replaces the damaged socket part.
- A drain is used to remove all the fluid.
- The muscles are reattached and the incision is closed.
What is the recovery care for Hip Replacement?
Few steps are recommended by the doctor for the recovery from Hip Replacement and they are:
- Restrict physical activities like exercises, yoga, running, etc.
- Avoid lifting heavyweights
- Take the prescribed medication in case of severe pain and swelling at the site of surgery
- Walk daily for 5-10 minutes
- Make follow-up visits to the doctor to remove sutures
Which specialist can perform the Hip Replacement?
Hip Replacement can be performed by a certified Orthopedic Surgeon.
How much does Hip Replacement cost in Pune?
Factors that may affect the cost of Hip Replacement are:
- Surgeon fee
- Type of implants used
- Patient age
- Type of surgery planned to be performed.
- Type of hospital
- Medical condition of the patient
- Post-surgical complications that are involved
- Admission fee
- The admission room that you opted for
- Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, ECG, etc.
Minimum expenses in Pune starts from Rs.60,000
Average amount to be paid in Pune is approximately Rs.1,82,983
Maximum charges in Pune rise up to Rs.3,65,000
Cost of Bilateral Hip Replacement surgery may be around Rs.6,00,000
Expenses for 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 prosthesis.
To what kind of people Hip Replacement is recommended?
Hip Replacement is recommended in the following individuals:
- 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 perform daily activities.
- People with reduced quality of life due to severe pain.
To what kind of people Hip Replacement is not recommended?
Hip Replacement is not recommended in the following individuals:
- Patients with hip joint pain and can be reduced by medications or other options such as cortisol injection or joint supplements, etc.
- Individuals with a poor or weak medical condition.
What are the risks and complications associated with Hip Replacement?
Risks and complications of Hip Replacement are:
- Nerve damage at the site of the surgery
- Formation of blood clots
- Damage of the healthy hip joint may occur
- Dislocation of the hip joint
- Infection at the site of surgery
- Change in the length of the leg
How much time does Hip Replacement take to complete?
To complete Hip Replacement surgery, the surgeon may take almost 60-90 minutes and in a few cases, it may take more than the usual time depending on the medical condition of the patient.
How long does it take to recover from Hip Replacement?
It may take around 3-6 weeks to recover from Hip Replacement.
What is the success rate of Hip Replacement?
The factors that affect the success rate of Hip Replacement are:
- Experience of the surgeon
- Type of surgery performed
- Health condition of the patient
- Type of implants used
However, the success rate of Hip-Replacement maybe 90% to 95%.
Does Hip Replacement cause pain?
Individuals who undergo Hip Replacement surgery does not feel any pain during the surgery due to the effect of general anesthesia.
Is Hip Replacement a permanent surgery?
Hip-Replacement Surgery is permanent as it involves replacing the damaged hip joint.
What are the long-term results of Hip Replacement?
- Improves range of motion of the hip joint.
- Improves walking ability
- Provides a better quality of life to the patient
- Decreases joint pain
Can Hip Replacement be detected in the future?
Hip-Replacement Surgery can be detected in the future as the surgery leaves few scars at the site of the surgery and the implants can be found under X-ray.
What can be done if Hip Replacement fails?
If Hip Replacement fails, then the doctor may suggest undergoing revision surgery.
What are the other treatments apart from Hip Replacement?
Alternative treatment options apart from Hip Replacement are the following:
- Resection arthroplasty [Girdlestone procedure]
- Non-inflammatory medicines
- Hip resurfacing
- Cortisone injections
- Hip osteotomy
- Joint supplements
- Hip fusion [Arthrodesis]