Protocol for Hip Replacements:
Patients will have a history taken and be clinically assessed by Dr Barrow.
If a hip replacement is deemed appropriate, then a full explanation of the procedure, implants used and rehabilitation protocols will be discussed.
Symptoms indicating need for Hip Replacement:
- Hip or groin pain affecting activities of daily living
- Hip stiffness
- Hip pain on walking
- Difficulty putting on shoes and socks
- Difficulty getting into and out of a car
Causes of Hip Joint Damage:
- Arthritis of the Hip
- Avascular Necrosis of the Hip
- Hip Fractures
- Bone Tumours
Why perform a Hip Replacement:
- Decrease Hip pain
- Increase mobility
- Improve quality of life and Daily living
Pre- Operative Assessment:
- Patients will have a history taken and be clinically assessed.
- Pre-operative Chest X-Ray, Pelvic X-ray and Blood tests are done.
- X-rays are pre-operatively measured and templated to assist with the surgery.
- Patients may require pre-operative Physician assessment
- Patients must be starved from Midnight before the day of surgery
- Patients will be admitted on the morning of the surgery to Mediclinic Morningside
- Patients will be assessed by the Anaesthetist before theatre
- The site of operation will be prepared by the ward staff and marked by Dr Barrow
- An X-Ray is done after surgery
- Post - operative rehabilitation is assisted by a team of skilled Arthroplasty physiotherapists.
- Mobilization begins the day after surgery.
- The physiotherapists will spend time educating the patient on the specific do's and don'ts following hip replacement.
- Patients will be ready for Discharge on Day 2 or 3
- Step Down facilities can be organised if the patient needs extra assistance in recovery.
At 2 weeks post surgery: Dr Barrow to review wound as an outpatient
At 6 weeks post surgery: Dr Barrow will do clinical assessment and a control X-Ray
The Physiotherapists will review patients at 2, 4and 6 weeks