Undergoing a total hip replacement surgery is the final step to restore mobility and return to everyday activities when medication and use of walking supports have failed. When 55-year-old Rohitash, a resident of Jaipur, got admitted to CK Birla Hospitals RBH, he had been suffering from osteoarthritis disease for a long time. Due to osteoarthritis, his joint of both hips had deformed causing him pain and stiffness. Hence, both hip replacements were advised to him by substituting with an artificial joint (prosthesis) within the interval of 6-8 weeks. Osteoarthritis damages the cartilage where movement of the joint causes the ball to grind into the socket, leading to roughened and small breakage of bones.
Rohitash was admitted under Senior Joint Replacement Surgeon and Sports Injury Specialist of CK Birla Hospital RBH, Jaipur, Dr. Arun Partani. After careful examination, Dr. Partani opted for total hip replacement operation. Dr. Partani and highly skilled team rejuvenated both hips from a new technique called modified hording. It is a two-incision minimally invasive surgery where the patient goes through less surgical trauma and recovers quickly. In fact, in Rohitash’s case, he could stand on his feet the very next day and walk within a week.
According to Dr. Arun Partani, total hip replacement surgery is done after a thorough discussion of all the aspects involved in the surgical process with the patient. It takes about 6 to 8 weeks for complete recovery through modified hording technique operation. With this minimally invasive technique stabilizer does not intersect the mussels and capsules, so that the hip replacement is more stable. Moreover, immediately after the operation, the patient can easily recuperate and get ready for another replacement of the other hip.
Dr. Arun Partani said, “Many patients also come to the hospital while they use a wheelchair due to severe arthritis of the knee and hip joint. Post-operation, patients will have much less pain and can do daily activities more easily. Most artificial hip joints usually last for 10 to 20 years or longer. However, it also depends on the patient’s age and weight. It is recommended to put the least stress on the joint as they need to mend at the earliest.”
Dr. Partani suggests the ensuing post-operative care to be judiciously followed daily:
- Avoid stressful activities like running, playing tennis, jogging, etc. immediately after the surgery where maximum pressure is put on the cartilage
- Practice light activities for building muscle strength like walking and swimming
- Continue to work with a physical therapist for fast recovery
- Don’t miss out on any follow-up sessions with your doctor. Visit at least twice a year to check on your hip and to get an update on routine medication
- Maintaining a healthy diet for a balanced weight is a must