What to Expect After Hip Surgery
The good news is surgery today is significantly less invasive than in the past. Surgeons have developed tools and techniques such as arthroscopes which allow them to make minimal incisions and decrease recovery time. There are still circumstances where open surgery is required however and this shouldn’t be a concern either. The most invasive procedure for the hip or knee is a full replacement for which there is an astounding success rates of 99.65% and 99.96% respectively. In addition to this modern recovery programs encourage accelerated recovery times so surgery should not be seen as a significant obstacle.
How to prepare
If your doctor has decided that surgery is the best course of action for you condition then they will explain the procedure and risks associated with it to you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions but trust your doctor’s advice. It is natural to be nervous but many of the procedures related to knee and hip joints are well established and have high success rates with patients returning to normal or better activity afterward. You will want to be as healthy as possible before your procedure. This is a great opportunity to adapt your eating and exercise habits. This will help your body gain the needed nutrients and strength for recovery. Before the surgery take the time to collect the things you will need afterward. It is helpful to prepare extra meals, stock your fridge, and you may want to organise someone to help take you home and help you immediately following the procedure.
Avoid aspirin or similar drugs that affect blood clotting five to seven days before surgery. Make sure your physician is familiar with any and all medication you consume as it will inform their process. You will likely be asked to abstain from food and or drink for 12 or more hours before the surgery as well depending on the procedure.
The type of surgery will affect your post operative routine. You will likely experience swelling and discomfort but your doctors will advise you how quickly you will be able to begin rehabilitation.
It is important to wait until there is no swelling before doing any serious exercise or extensive walking, because the hip will not be fully stable; extensive exercise may cause pain and in some cases cause the knee to swell more.
Rehabilitation with EZMEND
Therapy may begin soon after surgery to reduce long term damage to the joint. Following your doctor or physiotherapists advice will help you recover. You can incorporate the EZMEND into your recovery to help increase your range of motion, mobility, and precent muscle weakness.
Performing hip exercises helps to speed up recovery from injury or surgery through low impact exercises of the injured joint and surrounding muscles. They can also help increase overall movement and range of motion (ROM) in the joints for those seeking to combat atrophy. The EZMEND is easy to use and does not require you to put weight on your injury while keeping your joints perfectly aligned for optimal results.
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