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Hip / Knee Replacement

Hip and knee replacement are surgical procedures used to treat individuals with severe hip or knee arthritis and other degenerative conditions that cause pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. These procedures aim to relieve pain and improve function by replacing the damaged joint with an artificial one. At Patient Handling, we offer a range of products that can assist with this surgery to enable rehabilitation and the best quality care.

Hip / Knee Replacement

There are several reasons an individual will choose to have hip or knee replacement surgery. They can include ongoing severe pain and limited mobility due to arthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis or trauma/severe injury to the area after an accident or prolonged sporting injuries and strains.

Hip and knee replacement is an invasive surgery that can take 1.5 – 2hrs under general anaesthetic. During a hip replacement, a damaged hip joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint, which is made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. The new joint is designed to move similarly to a natural hip joint, allowing the patient to return to normal activities with less pain and improved mobility.

Similarly, during a knee replacement, the damaged knee joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint, which is also made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. This new joint allows the patient to move the knee with less pain and improved function.

Both hip and knee replacement surgeries are major procedures and require a significant recovery period. Patients typically stay in the hospital for several days after the surgery and then undergo a period of rehabilitation, which can take several months.

It’s important to note that hip and knee replacements are highly successful procedures with a high patient satisfaction rate. Most patients can return to normal activities with less pain and improved mobility after the procedure. However, as with any surgery, there are risks associated with hip and knee replacement, and it’s important to discuss with your surgeon about the best course of treatment for you.

During the recovery process, patients are encouraged to get up and walk as soon as possible, depending on age and mobility. Supporting frames and crutches are used during this period to ensure the joint is in use, blood flow is going to the area, and muscle strength is regained whilst not placing too much pressure on the body overall.

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