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Hip surgery is a set of surgical options for people with hip problems. It is usually performed when other medications and treatments have proven to be unsuccessful in managing hip pain caused by medical conditions such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, or a fracture. The surgery may involve repositioning or replacing the hip joint.
Depending on your condition, your options include total hip replacement (arthroplasty), hip resurfacing, arthroscopy, and osteotomy. The surgery may be performed under general anesthetic or spinal anesthetic. The most common hip surgery is a total hip replacement, in which your hip joint is removed and replaced by an artificial joint made from metal and plastic components.
You may need to stay in the hospital for 2 to 4 days, but this depends on which type of hip surgery you underwent, as well as your age, health, and physical conditions. In general, you will need to stay in Chiang Mai for around 14 weeks to attend follow up checkups with your surgeon. During the follow-up checkups, your doctor will remove your stitches.
You should be able to do light activities within three to six weeks, but you may still experience a little bit of soreness and discomfort. Within 10 to 12 weeks, you can do most of your regular activities, such as taking long walks and dancing.
A physical therapist will show you several different exercises to strengthen the muscles around your hip, make sure to practice these exercises as recommended by your physical therapist. Your surgeon may give you a post-operative instruction, including wound care and dietary requirements. During your recovery period, you will need to schedule follow up appointments with your local doctor.
Hip surgery is proven to be effective and safe, with a success rate of 90% to 95%. However, just like any surgery, hip surgery carries some side effects and risks, such as infection, blood clots, fracture, change in leg length, dislocation, and loosening.
Those who do not want to undergo surgery have several nonsurgical options, such as using walking aids, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, joint supplements, and cortisone injections.
Problems and pain with your hips can limit your movement. After successful hip surgery, your mobility will be increased and you will be able to enjoy doing activities you used to enjoy before you started having hip issues.
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