Ask the Doctor: Hip Replacement

Q. I need a total hip replacement. What can I expect?

A. Once we’ve determined you’ve exhausted all non-operative treatment options and that you’re a good MattBHScandidate for a total hip replacement, we will talk to you about your medical history, current medications, and home situation. We will then coordinate our plan for medications and other treatments with your doctors. If you are a patient who is relatively healthy, is motivated, and has good home support, we will discuss with you and your family the risks and benefits of a same-day outpatient joint replacement. However, for those who are not eligible for, or interested in, this procedure, a traditional inpatient hospital stay remains a good option as well. To optimize your recovery and minimize your risk, our team will arrange for all postoperative prescriptions, therapy, and medical equipment far in advance of your procedure. With these measures in place, you should have a seamless transition from hospital back to the comfort of your home. Patients who return early to the activities of daily life usually have a faster return to function with a shorter duration of postoperative pain.