“After I do hip and knee replacements, I make sure my patients are working with our therapists the very same day of surgery. I even will walk up and down the halls with my patients that night. We put them in a CPM (Continuous Passive Motion) machine so that when they’re not doing the therapy, their hips and knees keep moving. It keeps them active. It helps get them motivated to keep going, so they can go home quickly and safely.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 300,000 hip replacement surgeries take place every year.
The most common reason for hip replacement surgery involves joint failure due to osteoarthritis, although trauma and other conditions can be contributing factors as well. The goal of hip replacement surgery is to relieve pain and restore hip motion/movement to normal function.
During hip replacement surgery, the hip joint is replaced with a prosthetic implant – which could be either a full replacement or a half (hemi) replacement. Recovery times have been significantly reduced in recent years, due to more effective rehabilitation therapies, pain management medication, and improved surgical techniques.
Of course, as with all surgeries, there are risks involved, which is why we recommend that anyone considering hip replacement surgery first come in for an evaluation to see whether therapy could work as a suitable option to reduce pain and improve overall function.