Frequently Asked Questions by the patients
Q. Is it possible to stand & walk within 24 hours of surgery ?
A:- All the patients of Primary hip replacement can stand & walk within 24 hours of surgery. Initially, they need some support in the form of a cane or a walker (depending upon the pre-operative muscle strength & balance) but within a few days, they can walk unaided. We recommend
Q. When can one drive a car after hip replacement surgery?
A:- With advanced muscle-sparing surgical technique & fast track rehabilitation, muscle strength & reflexes return to their pre-surgical levels very early during the course of recovery. Generally, patients are allowed to drive a car after 4-6 weeks of surgeryc
Q. What is a Muscle sparing technique i Hip Replacement Surgery ?
Q. What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
A:- Ankylosing Spondylitis is inflammatory arthritis that affects large joints in the body. It can affect the patient at a very early age of 16 or 17. If you have pain in large joints such as the hip, wrist or knee along with morning stiffness and swelling, please consult a doctor as soon as possible to avoid delay in treatment. It is important because the patients generally reach us when they are in the advanced stage of Ankylosing Spondylitis with extensive damage to joints, body deformities and poor quality of life.
Q. How does Hip Replacement Surgery help patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis?
A:- Hip replacement gives you painless mobility at the hip joint and improves patients quality of life immensely.
Q. Is Ankylosing Spondylitis common among men?
A:-While the condition can affect both men and women, various research studies have come to the conclusion that it is more common among men than women.
Q. How many years does the hip replacement implant last?
A:- Modern ceramic on highly cross linked implant is designed to last for at least 25-30 years. Studies have shown that 80-85% patients have no problem at around 20 years follow up. With ongoing research, & newer materials, we are hopeful to that these implants will last for more than 30 years.
Should an implant wear or loosen, revision to a new hip replacement is possible with good results.
Q. Which doctor does hip surgeries ?
A:- Surgeons who specialise in bone and joint surgeries are called Orthopaedic surgeons. They are devoted to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Many of them practice as general orthopaedic surgeons which treat all the bone and joint related problems in the human body, while others specialize in certain areas of the body, such as: Hip and knee joint or Foot and ankle joint etc. Hip & knee surgeons do dedicated surgeries of these two neighbouring joints in our body and are the best doctors to treat problems of hip joint.
Q. Will I have major lifestyle restrictions after total hip replacement surgery ?
A:- Total hip replacement surgery is life changing for patients. With advanced surgical techniques and modern uncemented implants (using ceramic & highly cross linked poly liner) the success of hip replacement has touched new heights.
Most of the patients who undergo primary hip replacement have no major life style restrictions after the surgery. Most of the patients can sit on the floor, squat, walk long distances, ride a bike and drive a car. Their love life is much more enjoyable after the surgery as their is no pain in the hip. Although, extreme positions like in some yoga poses or gymnastics are not allowed & there could be some minor restrictions from case to case nevertheless life is just like normal for every patient after the surgery.
Most of the patients forget that they ever had any surgery and that’s the beauty of hip replacement.
Dr. Pankaj Walecha
Is working in the field of orthopedic surgery since 2003. In his 20 years of specialty practice, he has developed a keen interest in the areas of KNEE and HIP surgery & now practices exclusively in these areas.