Hip Replacement Done: What now?
After a person has undergone a hip replacement surgery they are placed in a new reality involving the aftermath of the procedure. Life after a hip replacement surgery does have its cares and concerns and the more understanding you have in regards to this type of surgery the better. The rehabilitation process once the surgical procedure is done can be complicated, but thankfully there are aids and tools to help people dealing with this situation to overcome the obstacles. In this article we are going to focus on how to face the process of coming back from a hip replacement surgery. We will answer the two questions that we all ask after a surgery: “What happens next? What’s next?”
Before the surgery, what you should know
Hip replacement involves the removal of damaged sections of the hip joint in order to treat and alleviate the pain. It helps the patient regain function of the joint and overall area and allows an improvement in the quality of life. The most common cause for a hip replacement to be required is arthritis, and it can happen on both male and female patients.
Other reasons and consideration that might result in a Hip Replacement include:
· Rheumatoid arthritis
· Sleeping problems caused by hip pain
· Wear and tear on the joints, causing for pain and very limited mobility
· Overwhelming hip pain, immune to painkillers
· Disabling inability of mobility (difficulties climbing stairs and rising from seating positions and pain when walking)
Hip Replacement rehabilitation process
After surgery, patients will enter the rehabilitation process. It is during this time that the patient’s must follow doctor’s orders and have a discipline in order to fully recuperate from the procedure and do not have any complications. The first thing that the doctor will ask of the patients is that they should try to sit up and perhaps even try taking supervised walks (with a cane, walker or rollator) to prevent blood clots. Then, patients should go through physical therapy in order to regain mobility and go through the recovery process quicker. Discount Medical Supplies offers a wide range of tools and aids that can make the rehabilitation process much less complicated.
What medical supplies can help during the rehabilitation process?
· During the rehabilitation process the patient will have limited motion capabilities, which can be an obstacle when performing different everyday tasks. There are several hip replacement kits created with all the necessary tools that a person rehabilitating from surgery can use to make these tasks much easier. These kits include reachers and grabbers to help patients perform essential tasks.
· Also, there are a wide variety of different daily living aids that can be used on every room of the house for different needs people rehabilitating from hip replacement surgery.
· We also carry a large selection of mobility aids in order to help the patient go through the different stages of rehabilitation without hindering their capabilities to move around when they need to.
What to expect after the surgery is done
The estimated time for a person to obtain proper strength and use of their hip structure can take up to a full year. Once the year has passed the patient will experience a complete and huge improvement as they will regain better mobility than before and the pain will reduce greatly to the point of maybe nearly disappearing. Before going through a hip replacement surgery, it is strongly advise that you consult with your doctor on what is the best course of action before having this surgery. It is important that you ask all the necessary questions and that your rehabilitation process is carefully planned before hand to help you get through the process quickly and get back to your normal life.