In this modern age of advanced orthopedic medicine, patients who experience severe hip arthritis no longer have to spend decades of their lives in pain. In a hip replacement in New Orleans, orthopedic surgeons are able to remove defective parts of the joint and add prosthetic components in order to stabilize and strengthen the hip and minimize the patient’s pain.
While this procedure offers an amazing option for patients suffering from severe arthritis, those considering having the surgery usually have questions, specifically about recovery from their total hip replacement in New Orleans. Below we have addressed some of the most frequently asked questions concerning this topic.
Top FAQs Concerning Total Hip Replacement Recovery
1. Will my post-surgery pain be unmanageable? Absolutely not! You will have some level of pain coming out of a major surgery such as this one, but you will benefit from the relief of the constant, nagging hip pain you had pre-surgery, so your specific and temporary post-surgery pain will certainly be manageable. The actual level of pain is different from patient to patient, but when you rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10, your post-op team will determine how much pain medication you’ll need to keep you comfortable.
2. What kind of pain medication will I be able to take after my procedure? The effects of your spinal anesthesia from surgery will actually remain for several hours following your procedure. Once that has worn off, you may be provided an intravenous pain medication, but more than likely, you will only experience a moderate level of pain that can be easily taken care of by a simple oral medication.
3. When is my first post-op visit? If your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon used staples to close the incision, then you will typically have a post-op visit two to four weeks after your surgery date. For sutures, a post-op visit is required in two weeks. During these visits, an assessment will be done to ensure that your total hip replacement recovery is going smoothly.
4. What about these sutures? At your post-op visit (two weeks from surgery date), your sutures will be removed and sterile strips will be applied to complete the healing process. The strips will eventually wash off by themselves, so you will not need to come in to have them removed.
5. How should I expect to be feeling after hip replacement in New Orleans? It is completely normal to feel numbness around the incision site following surgery. You will also experience swelling in your legs; in fact, you should not be alarmed if the swelling remains for up to six months. This is a normal part of the recovery process and you can minimize swelling by elevating your leg and applying ice.
6. How active should I be? Before you leave the hospital, you will be given instructions describing the measures to take to protect your new hip. In general, being active is quite helpful because using your hip is essentially like doing physical therapy for the new joint. All of its muscles and tendons need to work out in order to regain strength, so we certainly encourage moderate exercise. However, anything that produces discomfort should be avoided and patients should never rush into activities that they may not be ready for.
If you are interested in determining if you are a candidate for hip replacement in New Orleans, contact our office today to schedule a consultation, or you can request an appointment online. It just might be the best solution to relieve your pain.