Hip Arthritis

400px-Radiograph_OASurgery of the hip for arthritis  is generally performed only if other forms of treatment are not effective.  Since this  is a complicated surgery, patients are advised to seek medical assistance from experienced doctors from hospitals equipped with necessary facilities.  Generally an epidural  anesthetic with a general anesthetic is given for the surgery. The whole surgical process may take 2 hours. Pain killers may have to be used for two to four weeks. Stay at the hospital may be required for 4 or 5 days and surgical wound dressings may be changed every day. Rehabilitation starts on the first day after operation. It begins with sitting, standing and progresses to stair climbing. After 6 weeks, ordinary daily activities may be resumed.