We sat down with Dr. Tyler Noble of OrthoSC to talk about hip replacement surgery.
What is the recovery time for a hip replacement surgery?
I mean just like nobody presents the same postoperatively, no two patients are exactly the same. What I will tell patients is most of the time the recovery period to where you get back to moving around, feeling good is about six weeks now give or take. Some people are a lot faster than that. We have some people that come into the office for their two-week follow-up and they’re not using a cane or anything and they feel great. They’re ready to go.
When patients ask about recover time though, I always tend to stay on the more conservative side because I would always rather people progressed faster than I told them than the other way around. But it is usually a pretty quick recovery.
What are the benefits of our FREE Joint Replacement Seminar?
I think that’s one thing that’s very beneficial about what we do. It’s all the partners that do joint replacement both Dr. Ramsey and myself, also Dr. Tupis and Dr. Gayton with the shoulder and elbow we offered around the joint seminars to give just basic education to patients about what symptoms they would be experiencing with hip, knee, or shoulder arthritis and also what can be done to treat them. It’s really just a really great educational opportunity for the community. I think it’s incredibly beneficial because it gives them a little bit more information and it kind of wets their appetite to do some self-research so that they can have a little bit more meaningful discussions when they actually see me in the clinic so that they can have a little bit more pointed questions and they’re able to kind of get a better feel for what exactly they’re going to be in for if they’ve decided to go through the surgery.
How successful is hip replacement surgery typically?
The hip replacement is considered one of the most successful procedures done in all of medicine and for good reason because as long as it’s done for the correct reason, obviously a patient with severe end-stage arthritis that’s failed conservative treatments, it is a very high success rate and patients are able to get back to their otherwise productive lives
How does hip replacement change patients lifestyle?
The reason I do what I do because it’s amazing to actually see somebody going from debilitating pain, not being able to walk to their mailbox to all of a sudden being able to go and dance with their daughter at their wedding or go on that dream trip to wherever they wanted to go and you know these are the stories that we see frequently.
What are the signs that indicate a person may need a hip replacement?
There are a lot of different symptoms of hip arthritis and no patient typically presents the same, but one thing that does come up repeatedly is patients that have pain affecting the groin area and sometimes it’s actually in the buttock area. Another big thing that people notice sometimes even before the pain is a loss of motion. For example, having a lot of difficulties getting on your shoes and socks in the morning. You have to kind of pull your pant leg up to get it over to get your shoes and socks on. So the loss of motion and also a lot of pain. Those are the primary symptoms that we see.
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