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About Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement is a common procedure, aimed to relieve pain and help a patient get back to normal life without limitations. Hip arthroplasty is conducted when other treatment methods have failed and a patient needs surgical intervention. The operation is quite complex, but under the supervision of a qualified surgeon is completed precisely and quickly. During surgery, an arthritic hip joint is replaced with an artificial one, usually made of plastic or metal.
There are no alternatives such an operation if a patient is experiencing pain and difficulties which complicate his everyday life.
Why You Might Need Surgery?
Hip replacement has many indications and can be used as a treatment method at any stage when pain is severe.
1. Osteoarthritis. A wide-spread type of arthritis, during which the cartilage of bones is damaged and the movements cause pain and complications. Surgery will help the joints move correctly and smoothly;
2. Rheumatoid arthritis. This disease causes inflammation, which destroys bones and cartilage, deforming joints.
3. Osteonecrosis, which causes hip joint deformation due to poor blood supply to the bones.
A hip replacement procedure is right for you if your pain persists despite taking pain-relieving medication or the pain worsens during physical activities, even when using a walker. It is also indicated for patients who find it difficult to complete even the simplest everyday tasks without assistance.
Hip Replacement Procedure
A general anaesthetic is required for such a procedure. In some cases however, a spinal anaesthetic may be an option.
The procedure consists of several steps. Firstly, the hip surgeon will make a cut on the side of the hip and will open the joint, which is covered with tissues and muscles. During the next stage the painful area will be removed and finally the artificial joint will be attached to the thighbone with a special material, a cement like substance.
Some advice which will help you prepare for this procedure:
- Learn more about the procedure and the clinic you are going to;
- Contact the surgeon and ask questions (you can write them down in advance);
- Lose some weight if needed. It will greatly contribute to the recovery process;
- Rearrange your house and buy useful items that will help you move and reach various objects;
- Undertake all medical investigations to avoid possible complications.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of a hip replacement varies greatly depending on the clinic and the country where the surgery is performed. This is why choosing a hospital is crucial when making your decision. For example, the average price of a hip replacement in the UK is £ 11,000 excluding a hospital stay and other possible expenses. Another problem is that there are long waiting lists in the UK, so patients often choose other countries in Europe for surgery, like Latvia. Here the prices are lower, but the quality of surgery and treatment is of a very high standard. For example, a hip replacement costs £ 2,980 in our clinic in Latvia plus the price of the implant, which varies depending on the material you choose.
The Advantages Of Our Clinic
Our clinic is well-known all around the world for professional surgeons, experienced staff and the comfortable conditions of the hospital. We offer all our patients many benefits to make the process straightforward and pleasant:
- Cozy and high-tech wards, which look more like an apartment than a hospital room. You will have all you require and our staff will be there to assist you 24/7;
- Professional surgeons, who have multiple international degrees and diplomas, and many years of experience in this field;
- Low prices, which will help you save impressive sums if compared to having hip replacement surgery in the UK.
Aftercare And Recovery
You will be asked to stay in the hospital for a couple of days to make sure that no complications arise and to help you recover from the surgery. Your hip will be tightly fixed and you may initially need a drainage tube. Physical therapy will start the next day and with the help of a therapist you will be able to walk, with the assistance of a cane or walker a couple days after surgery. After being discharged you will be asked to continue physical therapy at home to get back to normal life as quickly as possible.
Potential Hip Replacement Complications
As in any surgery or procedure, joint replacement has potential complications, if you know about them in advance you can protect yourself and make the healing process easy and simple. These complications may include:
- Formation of blood clots, which may be prevented or resolved using anticoagulants;
- Infection at the incision site, which can be treated with antibiotics;
- Fractures, which can heal on their own, depending on the size of the fracture ;
- Loosening, which is a very rare complication and occurs when the artificial joint loosens over time.
Following the rules and recommendations given by your surgeon will reduce the risks and you will be able to enjoy your everyday life without restrictions and pain!