One of the most common problems faced by the world’s aging population, is the deterioration of joints. One of the most vulnerable joints in our body is the hip joint, and will often need surgical interventions like A total hip joint replacement that removes the impaired hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint. My Orthopedic Vacations offers a full concierge service to patients wanting to travel to Cancun, Mexico for ORTHOPEDIC surgery. A holiday where you will return home rested, REVITALIZED and feeling truly brand new with your brand-new hip!
Why do hip joints need replacing?
In a healthy hip joint, smooth cartilage will cover and protect the end of the thigh bone and the socket in which the ball of the thigh bone sits. Healthy cartilage will cushion the ball and allow it to glide easily into it’s socket and move freely. One of the most common causes of hip joint deterioration is osteoarthritis. Cartilage becomes damaged and worn, and eventually the bones within the joint rub together becoming roughened, and sometimes even broken. Damaged hip joints can cause sever hip pain and stiffness, and everyday movements like walking, climbing stairs or getting out of a chair become almost increasingly difficult.
What’s involved in hip joint replacement surgery?
During the hip joint replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will make a cut over the side of your hip and remove the affected bone. The bone is then replaced with an artificial joint (taking approximately two hours). Minimally invasive techniques can be applied by making several very small cuts instead of one long one and using specialized surgical instruments. These techniques will result in less blood loss, reduced pain and faster healing. During the surgery patients are given general anesthetic, or a local epidural pain killer which allows the patient to remain conscious and experience a faster recovery.
Recovering from hip replacement surgery
Recovering from a hip replacement generally takes about four to six months. It’s recommended that patients undergo physical therapy and strengthening exercises for the time it takes for their bodies to get used the new joint. Adjusting and restricting movements may be necessary like:
- Avoid crossing legs and ankles
- Avoid bending down low
- Avoid lifting heavy objects
- Avoid twisting hip movements
- Avoid lying on side of hip replacement
- Lie with a pillow between legs
- Avoid standing for long periods of time
- Sit in a firm chair that has arm rests
- Be mindful of abrasions on the hip to avoid infection
Why travel with My Orthopedic Vacations?
A medical tourism facilitator like My Orthopedic Vacations provides a bridge between orthopedic patients in their home country, to orthopedic surgeons in Cancun, Mexico. The logistics are taken care of, so you can concentrate on your procedure and your recovery. Private airport, hotel and hospital transfers are included in every package as well as follow up care when you arrive home. My Orthopedic Vacations assists you through every step of your surgical journey.