Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement, also called arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace a damaged hip with a prosthesis (an artificial joint). This surgery may be considered following a hip fracture (breaking of the bone) or for someone who has severe arthritis

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Personal Story Network: The Experience of Joint Replacement Surgery

If you, or someone you know is considering joint replacement, you may find some comfort in reading what others went through. A few patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers generously share their stories about knee and hip replacement surgery in their own words in the hope that others will benefit from their experience and knowledge.

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Getting Ready for Hip Replacement Surgery

Before you get ready for surgery there are a few steps you can take ahead of time to make recovery easier. Make a few simple changes around the house. Also, arrange for someone to help you for a couple of weeks after your hip replacement. Before surgery, your surgeon may talk with you about ways to manage blood loss. You may also be told to see your primary care doctor and your dentist. Treating health and dental problems now may improve healing after a joint replacement.

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After Hip Replacement: Recovering at Home

Whether you're recovering at home or in a rehabilitation facility, you need to protect your new hip. Sit and move the way you were taught in the hospital. Be sure to see your surgeon for scheduled follow-up visits, and return to activity slowly. A total hip replacement is major surgery, so don’t be surprised if it takes a few months before you feel really good.

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Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

A musculoskeletal rehabilitation program is a doctor-supervised program designed for people with impairments or disabilities due to disease, disorders, or trauma to the muscles or bones. Musculoskeletal rehabilitation programs can often improve functional capacity, reduce symptoms, and improve the well-being of the patient.

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Sex After Joint Replacement: Becoming Intimate Again

After a total joint replacement, you may have many questions: How soon can I be active? How will my sex life be affected? When can I have sex again? The good news is: it’s likely that you can return to sex sooner than many other activities.

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