Hip replacement involves replacing the parts of pelvis and femur (thighbone) constituting your hip joint. It is usually done to resolve pain and stiffness in your hip by arthritis or other conditions. This surgery can help with injuries to the hip joint or an improperly growing hip joint as well. You know that you need hip replacement when you have severe pain that cannot be relieved through medication and is coming in the way of your normal everyday functioning and stiffness in the hip which makes mobility restrictive. Of all kinds of hip replacement surgery, the most commonly chosen is total hip replacement. There are two major surgical approach methods for performing a total hip replacement: the posterior approach (more common) and the anterior approach. The hip replacement surgery lasts a maximum of one and a half hours; maximum patients will stay on in the hospital for a day or two days. By this time patients are able to walk with assistance of walkers or crutches. Hip replacement surgery is a relatively safe procedure but the only risks involved are infection, leg clots and hip dislocation during or after recovery. The hip prosthesis usually last for a decade or even two decades or more.
South Korea, with its technological advancements and cutting edge surgical procedures is one of the best candidates as a location to get hip replacement done. It has great orthopedicians, technicians and hospital support staff. All processes are streamlined and easy to follow for any medical traveller who is new to the country.
The average hip replacement cost in South Korea is US$18200, the minimum is US$10800, and the maximum is US$30000. This is much lesser than the hip replacement costs in the United States of America where it starts at US$ 32000 and goes up to US$ 40000 and sometimes more.
Unilateral hip replacement surgery is conducted in patients who suffer from osteoarthritis of just one hip joint or those who have damaged or infected joint on one side of the hips.
A unilateral hip replacement surgery is less time intensive and serious than a bilateral hip replacement surgery, which involves removal and replacement of joints on both the sides of the hips.
During the unilateral hip replacement surgery, which is also known as hip arthroplasty, the affected side of the hip is cut open to expose the diseased hip joint. It is cut and removed before transplanting artificial prosthesis.
Some hip replacement surgeons may choose to use the cemented prosthesis, while others may choose uncemented prosthesis. Opening up the hip area to perform the surgery is not necessary if a minimally invasive technique is used to achieve the same objective.
Unilateral hip replacement surgery is the last treatment options for a patient who have not experienced any relief from constant hip pain through other alternative treatments such as physical therapy, exercising, and the use of painkillers.
Patients who experience the following symptoms are recommended to undergo unilateral hip replacement surgery:
Unilateral hip replacement surgery recovery time varies from one patient to the other. The success of this surgery hugely depends on your ability to follow the instructions given by the surgeon home care during the first few weeks after the procedure.
At the time of discharge, you will still have sutures and stitched under the skin. The doctor will removes stitches approximately two weeks after the surgery.
See that you do not wet the wound until it is sealed and dried. You can bandage the wound to avoid irritation from clothing or support stockings. The unilateral hip replacement recovery time is less as compared to bilateral surgery.
During the first few weeks of your surgery, make sure to perform the exercises advised by the doctor. You may experience a little discomfort during activity and at night for several weeks. You will be able to return to conduct light activities within three to six weeks after the surgery.
Pain after hip replacement surgery goes away gradually. You may be given medications to manage pain after the surgery for a few days until it goes away completely.
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