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02 Oct 2012 - 07:27:02 pm

Taking Care of Your New Hip Replacement Joint after Surgery

Your recuperation rate as a patient is different from the others. It may depend on certain factors such as physical health prior the surgery and the complexity of your hip replacement surgery. The hospital staff will monitor your health condition and continue to give you the care you need until you will be able to get up and walk about as quickly as possible. Some patients are able to get up and walk the same day as their surgery. Yet, all hip replacements have a risk of failure such as the new joint coming loose, dislocating or going through wear and tear. In the run up to design improvement for a new generation of artificial hip and other joint replacements, Scottish scientists are describing the development of a potential implant material that flexes more like a natural bone, fosters the growth of bone that keeps implants firmly in place and is less likely to fail and require repeat surgery.

However, the need for revision hip surgery may be prevented by observing proper ways which may aid in enhancing the performance of your new hip joint. Surgery is only half the battle through recovery; the other half is physical therapy. It is very important to continue with physical therapy and exercises after joint replacement or resurfacing procedure. Once you are out of the hospital, the surgery may be finished but the physical therapy and rehabilitation are just beginning. Mobility and strength may continue to improve each passing day for you.

Keeping your incision clean until it heals may also be a big factor to avoid revision surgery. You may need someone to help you care for your incision. You may need to check for swelling, redness or fluid draining from it or if it feels warms or painful. Your surgeon will show you the proper way on how to change the bandage. It is not also recommended to put any cream or ointment on the incision area. If you have star strips, they will fall off as your incision heals. You donít have to take them off or replace them.

There are hundreds of thousands of patients who have been implanted with hip replacements. These people may potentially experience loosening of the implant component, infection, blood clots, dislocations and metal poisoning, caused by one of the brands of hip replacements known as Depuy Pinnacle hip system. The problems caused by DePuy Pinnacle hip systems have resulted in a string of DePuy total hip replacement lawsuits and class actions throughout the country.


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