Frequently Asked Questions - All FAQs

FAQs - All FAQs
In severe osteoarthritis of both (bilateral) hips a bilateral procedure can be done. Both hips are operated on the same day. Our experience today has not given more problems when this is performed in healthy people. A continuous epidural catheter and more blood transfusion are needed. Cell saver is used in these conditions. Patient has to be healthy, not obese, and the hip condition itself does not have to be severe.
We prefer ice packs, although both are effective to relieve pain. Both can be harmful in direct contact with the skin. It can damage the skin and even cause a severe burn. Never sleep with a heating pad on your hip. Ice can be used several times a day. Twenty minutes on, 20 minutes off, is the usual regime. In the first postoperative weeks heat is not recommended.
We prefer ice packs, although both are effective to relieve pain. Both can be harmful in direct contact with the skin. It can damage the skin and even cause a severe burn. Never sleep with a heating pad on your hip. Ice can be used several times a day. Twenty minutes on, 20 minutes off, is the usual regime. In the first postoperative weeks heat is not recommended.
Painkillers as long as needed. Injections to prevent thrombosis are given for about 3 to 6 weeks.
If possible (no gastro-intestinal problems) Indomethacine or another anti-inflammatory is given to prevent heterotopic ossification (see also complicaties).
Painkillers as long as needed. Injections to prevent thrombosis are given for about 3 to 6 weeks.
If possible (no gastro-intestinal problems) Indomethacine or another anti-inflammatory is given to prevent heterotopic ossification (see also complicaties).
The pain usually decreases rapidly during the first days, but discomfort can continue for a couple of months. The swelling is due to alterations in fluid return up the limb, and will gradually diminish, but may take a couple of months or longer. Mobilisation, exercise, stockings and elevation helps.
Avoid high heels for a couple of months. There are no other restrictions.
You should learn to walk stairs with the physiotherapist at the hospital a few days after the operation on individual basis.
This is not advisable during the first 6 weeks in a classical THA. It depends on ability to regain full pain-free control of the leg. With resurfacing driving is sometimes possible after a couple of weeks.
This is not advisable during the first 6 weeks in a classical THA. It depends on ability to regain full pain-free control of the leg. With resurfacing driving is sometimes possible after a couple of weeks.