Medical technology techniques are changing day-by-day. Advanced medical techniques and pain management procedures are applied on the patient who requires an outpatient total hip replacement. This will provide many benefits to people who will qualify the procedure.
What is outpatient total hip replacement
Outpatient total hip replacement surgery can be called “rapid-recovery hip replacement”. The procedure includes a hip joint arthroplasty which enables faster recovery and the patient will return home on the same day of the surgery.
The advantages of the outpatient total hip replacement surgery include:
- He can return to his normal life activities sooner.
- The recovery is more comfortable, and he can be at home for the same.
- There will be lowered risk of infection
Who can qualify the outpatient total hip surgery
Patients with a good general health and are not in the influence of any bad habit like smoke. They are motivated with good support. The patient should simply ask certain question to himself and if all criteria match he will qualify the criteria of procedure:
- Your age is between the ages of 8 to 70 years.
- The patient is having the good support at home and family members or friends after the patient will be discharge from the hospital/
- The patient should be healthy with no medical history that includes heart attack, sleep apnea, etc.
The joint replacement specialist will perform a thorough evaluation of the patient’s circumstances individually to rule out their eligibility for the outpatient total hip replacement surgery. All patients who are interested in undergoing the treatment need to get evaluated by both a multidisciplinary team and the orthopedic surgeon
The patients who are undergoing the procedure of outpatient total hip replacement are taken care by the pain management team; they provide the sufficient pain relief to undergo the treatment.
Precautions to be taken after outpatient total hip replacement surgery
The precautions taken by the patient is utmost important. The team includes surgeons, physical therapists, and the nurse will educate the patient about the hip and leg motion that needs to be avoided. The patient should take the following precautions and avoid the different steps:
- Avoid crossing the legs, the patient can use an abduction pillow dispensed while sleeping.
- 90 degree hip bend while sitting on chair and bring hip to the chest while putting socks on.
- Operative leg twists while walking or standing.
- Turn the leg inward that will rotate the hip in unfavorable direction.
- Leaning or bending forward while making an attempt to stand.
The risk of outpatient total hip replacement
The risk of outpatient total hip replacement, every patient is not a good candidate for the surgical procedure. The patient needs to have excellent overall health and upper body strength for independent function. These will be considered for outpatient total hip replacement surgery. Every major surgery involves general anesthesia, outpatient total hip surgery carries low risk of blood clots, heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, and arrhythmia.
Outpatient total hip replacement surgery is the fastest way to replace and the patient can go home on the same day of the surgery with the fastest recovery. The surgeon, nurse and the physical therapist educate the patient about the precautions the patient should take and the pain management team will help in relieving the pain.