In total hip replacement surgery, the ball and socket of your hip are removed and replaced with artificial implants generally made of metal and a durable plastic material.
If you are receiving a hip resurfacing procedure as an alternative to total hip replacement, the process works a bit differently. If you are preparing to have your hip resurfaced, the process is similar to a total hip replacement, however, instead of cutting off the top of the thighbone, the head is manipulated with a metal mushroom-like cap.
What should I expect?
When you arrive, one of the first steps you complete is getting checked in. Next your vitals will be analyzed after you complete your paperwork. Afterward, you our helpful nurses will assist you in getting prepared for your surgery by asking you to remove your clothes and put on a hospital gown. After this point, you'll be given either a spinal block or a general anesthetic, which numbs the lower half of your body for the procedure.
A nerve block injected around your nerves or joint in conjunction with an anesthetic may be administered by your surgeon to alleviate pain after your surgery.
After the procedure
When your operation is complete, you will be transported to a recovery area for some brief time while the anesthesia wears off. Our highly-skilled staff will monitor your vitals and plan what medication will be needed.
Depending on what your physician recommends, some of our patients can go home the same day. However, most of our patients are admitted to the hospital for one or two nights after their procedure to fully monitor your recovery process. Some exercises our staff will ask you to do after your surgery to ensure there are no complications include breathing deeply, coughing or blowing into a device to help keep fluid out of your lungs.