The Power of Total Hip Replacement
For some patients experiencing months of chronic hip pain and discomfort, simple pain management is not enough. The discomfort can restrict movement and reduce the quality of life. At this point, an orthopedic surgeon will suggest total hip replacement (THR). The surgery removes the damaged hip ball and socket joint and installs artificial prosthetics. THR has evolved from open surgery, then minimally invasive means, to robotic techniques. The success of the thousands of procedures performed every year depends on a solid recovery plan.
Adding robots to the mix
Replacing the hip joint with prosthetics was once a complex procedure. However, with robotics, surgeons have improved the speed, accuracy, and success rates of THR. Robotic total hip replacement involves a robotic arm and imaging software. The software creates the measurements and locations for the replacement in advance. From there, the arm guides the surgeon to install the new joint in the right place. An outpatient surgery of this scale means that patients can focus on recovery.
Your recovery matters
Whether open, minimally invasive, or robotic, hip replacement needs significant recovery time. Even after surgery, there is pain and discomfort. However, robotic surgery coupled with rapid recovery techniques means patients can walk short distances just 1-2 days afterward. Patients can resume normal activities after 10-12 weeks, with complete healing estimated between 6-12 months. During the initial recovery period, simple movements like yoga may help.
Turning to yoga
Yoga is one of the most popular exercises today, focusing on flexibility, strength, and balance. These are critical components following surgery for a new hip joint. Patients will see benefits, including increased mobility, posture, and hip strength. It is important to remember that patients must modify yoga poses at the start of recovery. Over time, the intensity and diversity of moves can increase.
Beyond the body
Adapting yoga during recovery goes beyond physical benefits. There are some great mental health benefits as well. The frustration and pain after surgery can lead to depression. Depression and other mental conditions can delay recovery. Studies show that yoga and other forms of mindful movement can decrease depression and anxiety. When done consistently, patients feel more invigorated after exercise, experience more clarity, and less pain.
Heal your body and mind with yoga
The success of recovery is just as crucial as robotic total hip replacement. Doctors recommend using different techniques to manage pain and improve strength. Yoga also helps with the stress that comes with pain and limited movement after surgery.