Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Hip Replacement

Wagga & Griffith Orthopaedic Surgeon – Hip & Knee Surgeon

A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant.

Hip replacement becomes necessary when pain and deformity occur in the hip joint due to a variety of reasons, the most common of which is osteoarthritis.

Untreated arthritis of the hip joint is progressive causing severe disability, pain and ill health.
Hip replacement is now commonplace and in most instances patients are able to get back to almost all of their pre-arthritis activities

Dr Redgments results from the National Joint Registry show that in his patients after 15 years more than 96% still have successful in place implants. This is compared to a national average of 92%.
Hip Replacement
Fit, motivated patients consistently seem to do well.

Continue to exercise.

Lose weight if you need to. If you have type II diabetes, your diabetic control will be improved by weight loss. You will be given an individual guide to help you.

Stop smoking. Almost every risk is magnified if you smoke.
Usually 3 to 4 days. With good home support this can be shortened.
The surgery is done to reduce pain and improve movement and it is our job to minimise post operative pain.

With a spinal anaesthetic and the use of local anaesthetic there is usually no pain on waking post surgery. This allows you and the nursing staff to be on top of the pain when the anaesthetic wears off.

Early movement is encouraged. It is important to move your feet up and down to promote blood flow and prevent a blood clot.
All going well, you will be up and walking the next morning. If necessary, you can stand soon after surgery, for example to pass urine. A catheter is occasionally required.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dr Redgment will discuss all the risks with you during the appointment and answer any of your questions.
It is important to move the knee early to regain movement. Swelling limits movement in the first few days but it is usually possible to get 90 degrees of flexion within the first day or two. Sitting out of bed with the knee bent for a few hours a day helps. You will also be guided by the physiotherapist.
Current research suggests that using modern components, fewer and fewer components will need revision because of wear and the majority of hip replacements will continue to function well for 20 years and longer.
Any shortening due to osteoarthritis is corrected and every effort is made to equalise leg lengths and at the same time allow correct tensioning of the muscles that protect and move the hip joint.
The importance of wound healing, good position of the new hip and prevention of infection should not be compromised by a vain attempt to use too small an incision. So the incision is just as long as it needs to be.
Yes. Usually metal detectors will be set off by your new knee. Just make sure you have nothing in your pockets on that side.
It is usually possible to return to pre operative activities somewhere between 4 and 8 weeks after surgery. Start slowly and be cautious. Ask specifically regarding activities such as snow skiing, bike or horse riding and running.

Avoid risky activities, avoid doing anything too quickly and get advice on getting in to good habits to avoid dislocation with activities such as tying shoelaces, getting up from a low chair and stepping over obstacles.



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