Partial hip replacement surgery, also known as hip hemiarthroplasty, refers to a surgical procedure where just the ball (femoral head) of the injured hip joint is replaced without replacing the socket (acetabulum) as in case of total hip replacement surgery. The femoral head is replaced with an artificial ball joint to relieve hip pain and restore mobility.
When Is It Needed?
The main need for such a replacement surgery arises due to fractured or broken hips If you have gone through a traumatic hip damage and it cannot be repaired, you healthcare provider will suggest a particle hip replacement.
The whole surgery process takes around just half hour or so; in the process, femur’s center is hollowed out to provide room for the artificial joint’s stem.
Partial vs. Total Hip Replacement
These two types of hip replacement usually treat two different kinds of problems (injury versus degenerative arthritis correspondingly). The former is not a treatment for disease of the bones. This is because when the head of the femur is arthritic, it would usually degenerate the acetabulum also, making it unstable. This, in turn, calls for a total hip replacement surgery, in order to hold the prosthetic femoral head in position.
On the contrary, partial hip replacement is needed when the fracture in the femoral neck cannot be joined and calls for replacement of the ball.
After a partial hip replacement surgery is recommended, the reason why it is usually postponed is the high cost associated with it. Without the right kind of health insurance coverage, such a surgery can cost up to 50,000 dollars, which is not a small amount that can be afforded by everyone. Patients, who cannot afford the high cost, may be forced to postpone the procedure, and bear the pain and mobility issues. They can seek some charity care if possible, but raising such big amounts is usually quite difficult.
Partial Hip Replacement Rehabilitation and Hip Strengthening Rehabilitation has two main objectives- the first is to prevent malfunctioning of joints and the second is to make the hip stronger for future. At the outset, the hip may seem to be strong and new, but the hip joint is not. The tissue surrounding it will be in the process of healing and your body will still be getting used to the new hip for the following few days or so. So, it is crucial to remember this.
To prevent further complications, avoid putting excess of stress on the hip by performing tiring exercises or lifting heavy weights. One more thing to remember is not to cross the damaged leg in front of the other as this could lead to hip dislocation. It is important to maintain and relaxed and neutral position for your legs as far as possible.
The second part is to make the muscles around hip stronger. The main aim of muscle strengthening is to stop re-occurrence of the problem that compelled you to go through the surgery. Your doctor will give you a particular routine to be followed; so, you must regularly follow-up appointments with the doctor to make changes based on your recovery from the surgery.