Hip Replacement Surgery
A hip replacement is an orthopedic surgical procedure to replace your hip joint with an artificial version. It provides a long-term solution for worn or damaged hip joints caused by injury or disease, such as osteoarthritis, which can cause severe pain and loss of mobility. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint. The hip replacement surgery replaces both the natural socket and the rounded ball at the top of the thigh bone with artificial parts. These parts replicate the natural motion of the hip joint.(Source:NHS UK)
Middle-aged and third-aged patients often suffer joint problems, chafing, swelling, and bone and joint injuries that can lead to premature failure of articular cartilage. When this happens, the joint swells, becomes painful and complicates the daily mobility. In these situations, it is necessary to replace the knee with artificial components of a same form (prosthesis), a surgery called arthroplasty of the hip. This operation is the standard method of treatment for arthrosis in advanced stages, rheumatoid arthritis and avascular necrosis. After the implant of a prosthesis, the patient notes a major improvement in the quality of life through improvement or disappearance of the pain and regaining joint mobility, being able to resume active behaviour: the ability to walk, and ability to perform ordinary daily activities.
The surgery usually lasts an average of 40 min; during the hip replacement surgery portions of bone with cartilage damage are removed, then they are replaced with prosthetic components, made of metal, plastic or ceramic material. The orthopaedic doctor chooses the type of prosthesis suitable for you and gives you all the details necessary to understand the procedure you will be subject to.
You might consider hip replacement surgery if:
• The pain so severe that it is interfering with your quality of life, including sleep
• Medications and other treatments have not worked or they cause severe side effects
• Everyday tasks are difficult or impossible
• You are feeling depressed as a result of pain and lack of mobility
• You are unable to work or have a normal social life
(Source: NHS UK)
Qdays Medical Holidays offers prices for hip replacement that are usually 70% lower than those practiced in Western Europe and foreign patients will regularly save 50% all included (accommodation and airplane ticket included).