Getting a surgical procedure for any issue is the last option when all other treatments fail to respond. Most of the people are reluctant to get surgery done and they try to escape it for as long as possible. However, when they have tried and tested all the other alternatives with little or no fruitful results, they have to settle for surgery. Getting operated for replacement of critical joints such as knees and hips is even scarier and cause of concern for the patient as these two are very significant joints on which the sitting and walking of the individual rest. The advanced technologies have today provided people with a lot of respite as more and more people are getting their hip replacement surgery for its correction.
What Is Hip Replacement Surgery?
In a hip replacement surgery an artificial joint made of metal and plastic is used to replace a paining hip because of arthritis.
As these surgical procedures involve replacement of a critical joint, they need more care, attention, and precautionary measures for quick recovery and easy follow-up. The patient himself needs to follow some recovery tips to help him with smooth and fine recovery after the procedure.
Exercise: although the patient cannot indulge in intensive or heavy exercises, he can still engage himself in a routine of light-training exercises which can help his replaced hip joints become more mobile and stronger. With this, his hip joints become responsive in a less period of time. The exercise should be made a part of the daily routine and not done occasionally.
Movement: the hip replacement patients are generally able to walk by the same day or at the most by next and can continue with their normal activities by a period of 3 weeks to 6 weeks. This means they should start small movements of sitting, walking, climbing stairs and sitting slowly and steadily to help with active movement of hips.
Diet and Weight: Maintaining the right weight both prior to and post hip replacement is essential to make the surgery long-lasting. This is because excessive weight prior to or post-surgery leads to putting pressure on hips and thus their placement and healing take time. Similarly, following the right diet too is equally essential. The patient should abstain eating of oily or junk food as they are not ideal for joints. He should indulge in the consumption of nutritious and balanced diet composed of vitamins, proteins and other essential nutrients which are required for healthy bones and joints.
Make House Adjustments: when the individual has finally decided to go for the hip replacement surgery, he/she should make some amendments to the placements and things of his/her room and home. With less possible movement, things required frequently should be kept near or within the reach always. Besides, some arrangement should be made that during the recovery period one family member, friend or a relative is available always with the patient to help him/her with his routine chores as well as things that he/she may require. If no such option is available, some professional nurse or caretaker can be hired.
All in all, adequate precaution and following some simple recovery tips can make the patient forget that he had a hip replacement surgery in some time only.