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Hip / Knee Replacement

There are a number of reasons that an individual will make the choice 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. Arthritis is the main cause of replacement surgery due to the nature of the disease in which the cartilage of the joint becoming warn and causing increasing pain by the ends of the joint bones moving against each other. 

Hip and knee replacement is an invasive surgery that can take between 1.5 – 2hrs under general anaesthetic. During this time, a specialised surgeon will replace the joint and socket with an artificial version as a combination of high-grade medical metal and hard plastic shaping the ends of the bone to enable a precise fit and seamless function of the prosthesis. Once the procedure is complete, the muscles around the join are moved back into natural position and the skin is sewn together.

During the recovery process, patients are encouraged to get up and walk as soon as physically 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. There is a high importance on attending physiotherapy and ensuring that all rehabilitation exercises and appointments are maintained to ensure the best outcome and reduce the risk of infection due to poor circulation or clotting.

There are a number of mobility products available; your physiotherapist or surgeon may also recommend some specific products to ensure that the process of recovery and rehabilitation goes as smoothly as possible.

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