Barry Waldman MD is a renowned orthopedic surgeon with over 17 years of extensive experience specializing in knee, shoulder, and hip care.
From joint replacement to reconstruction, Barry Waldman MD has helped numerous clients regain mobility and strength in their bones.
Hip replacement is a common surgery undertaken by women and men between the ages of 60 and 80, however there are many cases of people a lot younger if they have been born with a defect, health issues or were involved in an accident.
Barry Waldman MD strives to help his patients understand the ins and outs of the hip replacement process so that they can feel happy and confident going into their procedure.
How long does a hip replacement last?
The latest in hip replacement technology lasts for a minimum of 15 years and during this time the range of movement in patients can improve considerably as well as reduced pain in the area.
Do I need a hip replacement?
The reasons for undertaking a hip replacement are through wear and tear of the joint that causes pain and reduced mobility. The pain has to be present even when you are at rest for the doctor to consider that the operation is necessary. Osteoporosis is the most common reason for people needing a hip replacement. Barry Waldman MD has seen patients for other reasons including fracture to the hip, spondylitis and other disorders that cause unusual bone growth.
Being a major surgical procedure, Barry Waldman MD ensures that patients have tried other treatments prior to undergoing hip replacement. These treatments include physiotherapy and injections of steroids to bring the swelling down. If they have not worked to improve your symptoms your specialist will consider a hip replacement if your health is good enough to undergo surgery.
How is a hip replacement achieved?
Hip replacements can be carried out in two ways. The first is under general anesthetic which means you will be asleep throughout the process. The second is under an epidural which is where a needle is inserted into your spine and fluid is put into it to numb the lower half of your body. An incision is then made so that the portion of hip that is affected is removed and replaced instead with an artificial hip. They can be made from different materials whether metal or ceramic. The whole process can take anything from an hour to an hour and a half.
As an alternative to having a full hip replacement, there is also the option of resurfacing. This will take away the damaged surface rather than replacing the whole hip.
When you have had the operation you will need to go a period of rehabilitation this involves not putting weight on the hip for around 6 weeks and getting around instead using crutches or a wheel chair. Barry Waldman MD recommends physiotherapy to ensure the patient has regained a full range of movement. It can take up to 3 months to make a full recovery, however rehabilitation should be taken seriously for best results.
Hip replacement complications
The chance of complications after undergoing a hip replacement operation are rare and occur in less than 1% of people. Those risks include a hip replacement wearing out before the 15 years or that the operation hasn’t gone as expected. If this occurs surgery revision is usually required to correct the problem.
Check out Barry Waldman MD at his current practice, OrthoMaryland to learn more about his specialties and procedures: https://www.orthomaryland.net/physician/barry-j-waldman-md/.