Amrutha had always been and still at 75 is a highly active lady. She loves to indulge in gardening most of the time. Apart from gardening, Amrutha mostly can be found at the park beside their house, entertaining, and enjoying with her four grandchildren.
Amrutha was gardening and had slipped in her garden with which she suffered a severe hip fracture. After carefully examining Amrutha’s degree of hip fracture, we suggested her a total hip replacement. She underwent total hip replacement last month and is recovering very well now.
Hip fractures fall under serious injury, with complications that can result in being life- threatening. The risk of hip fractures usually increases with age.
Adults of any age can be prone to a hip injury following a hip replacement, although most hip replacements are carried out on older people of the age 60 and 80. Older people are at a higher risk of hip fractures because the bones start to weaken with age. This degeneration of bones with age is known as osteoporosis, in which the bones become brittle.
A hip replacement surgery consists of replacing the damaged hip joint with an artificial joint called prosthesis.
Artificial hip joints which may last for at least 15 years. After a hip replacement usually, people see a significant reduction in pain. There is also an improvement in the range of their movement.
Hip replacement surgery is usually necessary when the hip joint is damaged to the extent of reduced mobility and in case you experience discomfort and pain while at rest.
With all these factors that you might be facing, you might want to undergo a total hip replacement. Here’s a list of what you need to consider while preparing for a hip replacement surgery.
Before the surgery, you can choose the type of anaesthetic you prefer.
General anaesthesia: You will be asleep during the operation
A spinal or epidural anaesthesia: This type of anaesthesia numbs the lower body with a sedation that makes you unaware of the surroundings during the surgery. You will not have any memory about the operation.
Once you are anaesthetized, the surgeon makes an incision over the hip. The team will then pull the skin aside to reveal the muscle tissue below.
A hip fracture is an injury that always requires surgical repair or replacement, followed by months of some physical therapy and exercises.
The day after surgery, Amrutha noticed that the nausea she was having after the fracture was completely gone. She was out of bed beginning to move with the help of the hospital staff within a day of her surgery. She returned home four days later, and has already began moving gradually with a walker.
Today, Amrutha feels better and visits us regularly to check her recovery status. She is waiting to return to her active lifestyle.
Amrutha’s story is not typical. Although the performance of a replaced hip joint depends on age, activity level, weight, and other vital health factors. Recovery takes time and there are some potential risks too. It is recommended that people with health conditions that obstruct or limit the recovery/healing process must preferably avoid this surgery.
Dr. Venkat Ram Prasad Vallamshetla is one of the best orthopedic surgeon in Hyderabad. He has done his MBBS, MS Ortho (OSM), MRCS (Edin) and FRCS (Trauma & Orth) from Edinburgh. He has additionally undergone training and has worked in Birmingham for over 12 years with a specialization in Joint Replacement, arthroscopic surgery, sports injuries.
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