Dr. Bates explains what will occur during hip replacement surgery.
There are two types of hip reconstructions; one is called the hip replacement; one is called the hip resurfacing. They are essentially the same type of operation as far as the exposure to the joint. They differ slightly in the implants that are used and the way that you contour the bony anatomy to fit the implants.
Basically, the preparation for the surgery entails coming into the preoperative area; discussing the anesthesia and anesthetic techniques with the anesthesiologist; proceeding to the operating room where you will be induced or you will have your anesthetic applied. Then you will be positioned on the operating table, and at that time the surgeon will prep and drape the extremity and begin the procedure.
The procedure typically lasts anywhere from about 40 minutes to about an hour and 15 minutes, depending on the patient’s basically, physical characteristics and difficulty of the surgery.
When the surgery is completed, you are obviously bandaged. You’re moved off the table back into the recovery room area where you’ll spend another hour to three hours being watched until you are clear to go up to the standard orthopedic floor where you will begin your recovery and your rehabilitation.
About Dr. Bates, M.D.:
Dr. James E. Bates, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement surgery and sports medicine at Alvarado Hospital. Dr. Bates places his focus in sports medicine and the reconstruction and replacement of damaged bones, joints, and cartilage resulting from sports injuries, traumatic injuries, and tumors of the extremities. He was trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. As an orthopedic surgeon, Navy Flight Surgeon, and Navy Diving Medical Officer, he serves as a consultant to the San Diego-based Navy SEAL Teams.