Once a patient suffers hip pain that interferes with daily activities and can no longer be controlled with medicine and other treatments, hip replacement surgery becomes an option. While the thought of a major joint replacement can be intimidating, this surgery usually leaves our patients in much less pain than before surgery and greatly enhances quality of life. If you are a candidate for hip replacement, there are a number of topics our Fort Lauderdale orthopedic surgeons will discuss with you prior to performing your procedure. Here are three things you’ll want to know:
1. Significant advances have been made in hip replacement surgery in the past 30 years. A surgery that was once too overwhelming for patients over 80 is now routinely performed in advanced years, and new options exist for younger patients too. This is due in large part to improved implant materials and design, and less invasive surgical techniques.
2. Hip replacement surgery is covered by most major medical plans and Medicare. While Medicare and Medicare supplements will usually cover 100% of your expenses, private insurance may require you to pay your co-payment and deductibles.
3. Recovery takes time. Physical therapy usually begins the day after surgery and within days a patient should be able walk with a walker, crutches, or a cane. Therapy will continue for weeks to months following the surgery. Every body adjusts to hip replacement surgery on its own schedule, so you should be patient if recovery takes longer than anticipated or hip pain is still present.
You can trust Broward County’s leading orthopaedic specialists at Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to restore you to full health again. Please click here to learn more about hip replacement surgery, or call our office today at (954) 400-5544 to schedule a consultation.