Professor Paul Lee shares his dos and don’ts when considering a hip replacement
“Gather information about hip replacement surgery, its benefits and the recovery process. Understand what to expect before, during and after the procedure to make an informed decision. Seek advice from a qualified orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in hip replacements. Ask questions, discuss your concerns and understand the surgeon's expertise and experience in performing the procedure.”
Get A Second Opinion
“If you have any doubts or concerns, consider seeking a second opinion from another reputable orthopaedic surgeon. This can provide you with additional perspectives and ensure that you are making the best decision for your health.”
Prepare Your Home
“Make necessary arrangements at home to ensure a comfortable and safe recovery. This may involve organising items within easy reach, installing grab bars or handrails and creating a clutter-free environment to prevent falls or accidents. At the same time, arrange for someone to assist you during the initial days following surgery – you may need help with daily activities, transportation and household tasks in the early recovery period.”
Participate In Rehab
“Engage actively in the rehabilitation and physiotherapy process as prescribed by your team. Follow the recommended exercises, attend therapy sessions and commit to the rehabilitation plan to promote healing, regain strength and improve mobility.”
Have Realistic Expectations
“While hip replacement surgery can significantly reduce pain and improve mobility, it is important to have realistic expectations. Understand that the surgery may not eliminate all discomfort or restore your joint to its pre-injury state. However, it can greatly enhance your quality of life and allow you to perform daily activities with less pain.”
Take A Long-Term Approach
“While modern hip implants are designed for durability, they are not indestructible. Understand that your artificial hip joint may wear out over time, particularly with excessive strain or activity. Post op follow-up appointments with your surgeon are essential to monitor the condition of your implant and address any concerns.”
Rush Into It
“Take the time to thoroughly consider the benefits, risks and potential outcomes of hip replacement surgery. Rushing into a decision without proper evaluation and understanding may lead to dissatisfaction or unexpected complications.”
Neglect Your Health
“Prioritise your overall health before undergoing surgery. This includes maintaining a healthy weight, managing chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension and quitting smoking. Good overall health can contribute to a smoother surgery and recovery.”
“Follow your surgeon's instructions regarding activity restrictions and limitations. Avoid high-impact activities or movements that could strain the new hip joint. Pushing yourself too hard or too soon may lead to complications or compromise the success of the surgery.”
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