Outcomes of THR
Most people who undergo THR have a dramatic reduction in pain in the hip and significant improvement in their mobility and ability to perform normal activities of daily living.
THR will not allow one to do more than what one was able to do before developing arthritis. Some numbness is felt around the incision on the skin. Some stiffness is possible particularly with excessive bending.
With normal level of activity the plastic spacer in the implant will start to wear away in time. Excessive activity or overweight will speed up the wear and tear, which may cause the implant to loosen and become painful.
Hence high impact activity like jogging, athletics or sports like football is generally to be avoided. One can indulge in walking, swimming, driving, biking, dancing and sports like golf.
The lifespan of hip replacements can be increased with appropriate activity modification. The average length of a THR is 10-20 years depending on the activity
The hip implant may activate metal detectors at airports. You need to carry a card or letter that informs security about your implants.
You may feel some numbness in the skin around the operation site. Stiffness is seen with excessive bending. These will disappear in time.
How to Improve Outcomes of a Hip Replacement Surgery?
- Do regular light exercises to maintain stability, adequate strength and mobility of the hip
- Take all precautions to avoid falls and injuries
- Ensure antibiotics are taken before any dental procedures to avoid infection which may spread to the implant