Joint Replacement Surgery

Senior man golfingWhen is it time to consider hip replacement? It's time when other options - such as medication - still leave you with discomfort and severe pain.

FAQs About Joint Replacement

What are the risks and benefits of hip replacement?

Hip replacement carries the same risks as most surgeries. These include blood clots, infection and complications from the anesthesia. But the primary benefit often outweighs these risks.  Most hip replacements last at least 20 years - and that means decades you can enjoy your favorite activities free from pain.

What are the different kinds of hip replacement?

The first involves cementing artificial parts to remaining bone. A similar procedure also requires placing artificial parts near remaining bone. Doctors do not cement the parts, however. Instead, remaining bone grows around the new parts and attaches to them naturally during the healing process.

A newer hip replacement surgery technique involves minimally invasive surgery.

This procedure is done with much smaller incisions and may result in faster recovery and fewer complications. Talk with your doctor or a specialist to determine which procedure is best for you.

How can I choose the best surgeon and hospital for my surgery?

Research shows that you're less likely to suffer complications if you choose a surgeon who performs at least 10 hip replacements yearly. Location also makes a difference. Some hospitals, like St. Anthony's, have laminar flow operating rooms. These high tech rooms have their own specially filtered air supply. Studies show these rooms greatly reduce the risk for infection during orthopedic surgery. 

How long will it take for me to recover?

Every patient recovers differently. However, most people spend 10 days or less in the hospital. And they are fully recovered in about three to six months.

If you've been experiencing hip pain, find out if you are a candidate for surgery.

For a free physician referral, call 1-800-BayCare (229-2273).