Hip Replacement Surgery in Hyderabad
By the Best Hip Replacement Surgeon Dr. Ratnakar Rao
Prior to considering hip replacement surgery by the best hip replacement surgeon in Hyderabad, let us try to understand and answer the following questions:
Anatomical Structure and function of Hip Joint
The hip is one of the largest joints in the body. The pelvis bone of the hip called the acetabulum forms the hip socket. The upper end of the thigh bone (femur) called the head of the femur forms the ball. Both the ball and the socket bones are covered with smooth and articular tissue called cartilage that helps them move easily. A synovial membrane is a thin membranous tissue that surrounds the hip joint. It makes a small amount of fluid that lubricates the cartilage and thus reduces friction during hip movement.
The Causes of Hip Joint Pain
Arthritis is the number one cause of chronic hip pain and disability. Traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis of the hip are some of the most common types of arthritis that affect the hip joint. In some cases, due to a fracture or injury to the hip joint, the blood supply to the femoral head is restricted resulting in the collapse of the hip bone’s joint surface. This condition is called osteonecrosis (avascular necrosis). See this video for the diagnosis of Hip Osteoarthritis
When is hip replacement surgery recommended?
Any damage to the hip joint due to sudden fall, injury, or trauma; or due to arthritis and other conditions causes deformation of the hip joint. When this happens, you may experience stiffness and pain in your hip joint. You will also feel difficulty in getting in and out of your car, chair, or bed. Your hip joint will become stiff – walking and moving the joint will become difficult. You may also feel difficulty putting on your shoes and socks. In severe cases, even the rest will not offer any help.
The symptoms progressively become severe day by day making your everyday activities difficult. If walking with support, changes in everyday activities and use of medications (anti-inflammatory medications) do not help in getting relief from symptoms, your hip replacement surgeon may consider hip replacement surgery.
Adults of any age can be considered for hip replacement. Most hip replacements are done in people aged around 60 to 80 years.
Best Hip Replacement Surgeon in Hyderabad Explains the Procedure of Hip replacement
In a typical hip replacement surgical procedure or arthroplasty, the damaged cartilage and bone of the hip joint are removed and replaced with prostheses (an implant).
A hip replacement surgeon removes the femoral head and replaces it with a metal stem. The surgeon either cement or press fits the femoral stem into the bone. On the upper part of the stem, the surgeon places a ceramic or metal ball to replace the damaged femoral head. The surgeon then removes damaged cartilage from the acetabulum (socket) and replaces it with a metal socket. The surgeon also inserts a ceramic, plastic, or metal spacer between the socket and the new metallic ball to allow a smooth gliding surface.
What to expect from Hip Replacement Surgery?
The decision to consider hip replacement surgery is a cooperative one made by your joint replacement surgeon, you, and your family. The expectations should be considered realistically. Those who undergo hip replacement notice a dramatic change in their ability to move and perform daily activities. There will be a significant reduction in pain and improvement in the mobility of the hip joint. Surgeons advise people against high-impact activities such as football, volleyball, jumping, jogging, running, and other high-impact activities. However, there are no restrictions for low-impact activities such as biking, driving, swimming, and golf following total hip replacement surgery in Hyderabad.
Recovery – Physical Therapy, Exercises & Other Activities
The first few weeks following your surgery are important. Your recovery, to a large extent, depends on how well you follow all the instructions of your joint replacement surgeon. Doctors prescribe a combination of medicines to manage pain at home. Follow the instructions of your doctor in caring for your wound. You should take a balanced and healthy diet, supplements, and lots of fluid for faster recovery. Most people restore normal activities after 3 to 5 weeks following surgery. A physiotherapist can help with guided walking programs to gradually improve mobility and resume regular activities such as sitting, standing, and climbing stairs. You will be advised by your physiotherapist to perform a specific set of exercises several times a day to strengthen your hip muscles and restore movement.
Hip Replacement Hospital in Hyderabad
Impact Orthopedic Centre in association with Care Hospitals, Gachibowli Hyderabad forms a formidable joint replacement surgical unit under Dr. Ratnakar Rao – an elite Orthopedic surgeon in Hyderabad. At impact Orthopedic center, Dr. Ratnakar Rao is leading a team of expert knee replacement and hip replacement surgeons in Hyderabad.
Hip Replacement Surgery Cost in Hyderabad
Millions of hip replacements are performed each year in India. Hip replacements are the most successful joint replacement surgeries of all time. This can be attributed to the fact that there have been huge strides in surgical advancements, technical expertise, and robust research and technological innovations. Owing to these facts, the effectiveness of total hip replacements has increased tremendously. The cost of hip replacement surgery in Hyderabad depends on several factors including the extent of damage, age of the patient and associated medical conditions, expertise, and experience of the hip replacement surgeon, and the package and services availed in the hospital. Approximately, the minimum cost is around 1.5 to 2 lakhs and the maximum can go up to 4 to 4.5 lakhs.