Total hip replacement surgery is a kind of surgery designed for people who have severe damage in one or both of their hip joints. When the damage is serious enough that it can't be repaired, then replacing the joint may be the best solution.
When someone needs total hip replacement surgery, it's because the cartilage and bone of the hip joint has suffered severe and irreparable damage. In most cases, surgery is performed on people who have a degenerative disease such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, or have suffered certain kinds of hip joint fracture.
People with health problems that affect the hip joints tend to suffer from chronic pain that gets more intense over time. Eventually pain and weakness of the hip joint makes it harder to do things like climb stairs, walk, and even get up from a chair.
Total hip replacement is generally considered as a solution when someone is in such severe pain that it can't be managed with medication, and their daily life is severely restricted. However, it's important to understand that the lifetime of an artificial hip joint is limited. They don't last forever, and especially for younger people, it's likely that the artificial hip will need to be replaced at a later date.
In total hip replacement surgery, the patient's hip joint is removed and then replaced with an artificial joint. This is usually performed while the patient is under a general anaesthetic, however, some people have a local anaesthetic that numbs their body from the waist down. They're awake during the surgery, but are sedated to help them feel relaxed.
During the procedure, an incision is made to expose the hip joint, and then the surgeon dislocates the joint by removing the head of the femur from the hip joint. A prosthetic hip socket made of plastic is inserted into the hip joint, and the head of the femur is removed from the bone. The head is replaced with an artificial one made of metal and then the bone is placed back into the hip socket. Finally, the surgeon tests the new joint's range of motion and stability, before closing up the incision to end the operation.
Like all surgical procedures, there are some risks associated with total hip replacement surgery. These include risks of infection, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and excessive bleeding. If you have total hip replacement surgery it's important to follow your surgeon's instructions exactly to minimise your risk of complications and get through the recovery process smoothly.
To prepare for a total hip replacement, a patient must have a preoperative evaluation. In this evaluation the patient's general health is assessed, and the medications they take are reviewed. These measures are taken to minimise the risks of surgery. For instance, if blood tests show that a patient has an infection, or uncontrolled diabetes, their surgery may be delayed until their condition improves. Similarly, reviewing a patient's medications is important to ensure that they're not taking medications that might increase any surgical risks.
The first night after a total hip replacement, the patient is usually confined to bed, where they must lie with a specially-shaped pillow between their legs. This helps keep the new artificial hip joint in the right place and position. By the next day, most people are able to start the recovery process, which typically includes some physical therapy. Within a few days of having a total hip replacement, most people are able to walk with the aid of a cane or other support device.
I am writing to thanks you & your staff fro the wonderful work you did on my hip repllacement. It is so nice not to be in constant pain and it's enjoy able to go for a walk now & not dread it as before. I can't thank you + the staff at the cavell hospital enough.
After years of arthritic pain, steroid injections, physiotherapy and arthroscopy (which actually made things far worse)... I now feel like a new woman thanks to the knee surgery you performed last month - I have no doubt this is due in no small part to your skill as a surgeon. The wound healed quickly, recovery has been rapid, without any complications and the scar is neat and beautifully stitched!!
Having recently undergone a full left knee replacement I am 100% satisfied with everything Mr Saksena and his team at The Cavell provided. I was given plenty of advice both before and after my surgery, which was very reassuring. My recovery has been rapid with minimal pain and within 8 weeks I had full extension and 130 degree flexion back in the knee. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr Saksena as an orthopaedic surgeon.
I had a total knee replacement with Valgus Deformity 7 weeks ago, and this gave the surgeon extra work to do, I only have good things to say about this surgery and after care with all staff involved at Chase Farm Hospital, as in my experience I have heard a lot of good and bad things about this type of surgery, Well I can only say that if anyone has concerns about this please try not to worry it is worth while as it has given me a new lease of life to what I had before, and yes the first 2 weeks are the worse, but please do try your exercises, because as they say you only get the real benefit if you are prepared to do your bit. Thanks very much for my new lease of life yet again.
I was very fortunate to be referred to Mr Saksena as an NHS patient and was very impressed with the treatment and care provided by Mr Saksena and the whole team at Cavell Hospital. Once discharged, someone was always available to talk to you and an appointment was made immediately if you needed to see a nurse (which I did several times, due to a normal discharge from my wound). The entire staff were all friendly, cheerful and efficient. The scar is very neat and after 7 weeks I am walking well and just using a stick outdoors.
I would like to just sincerely thank you for the job you did on my knees, both of them. Before I had my knees replaced I was in constant pain, which had been the case for nearly 5 years. It was so bad that I often wondered what the use was in living! Now, nearly 2 years later, I feel I have my life back. I can now walk without pain and every single day, and I mean every single day, I walk the roads that I walked pre-operations and I remember the pain that I was in for every small distance I had to walk. Now, I walk with a smile on my face and a thrill in my heart, so very grateful for having the freedom to enjoy walking once again. I also have great fun going with the grandchildren to the park and playing with them, which before the operation was impossible as all I could do was basically sit and supervise them. So there too there is a huge change.
You did a total knee replacement on my right leg on 22nd March in the Kings Oak Hospital and it has been very successful. I am now almost pain free with the knee getting stronger each day. I would like to thank you and your excellent medical team for doing such a neat job. I would also like to thank the wonderful nurses at the hospital who were always cheerful and efficient.
In September 2014 I underwent a knee replacement operation. Mr Saksensa was an amiable professional with a calming influence and caring nature. His team were friendly and supportive. My knee replacement was a complete success and I am still enjoying my favourite sport of skiing.
You performed a partial meniscectomy at Highgate Hospital in late april. I would like to thank you for your hardwork; the problem has been entirely resolved and I am pretty sure that is down to the procedure rather than the passage of time as the condition persisted during the prior two months. Some part of that is surely down to your skill.