Total his arthroplasty (THA) is done for arthritis that is painful and has failed to improve with conservative treatments. This surgery will take 2 to 3 hours. In general, it may take you 1 to 3 weeks to become comfortable after surgery and 6 to 10 months to resume normal activities. Physical therapy will be initiated after surgery.
Dr. Yu will customize your treatment to expedite your recovery.
Dr. Yu performs THA through an anterior minimally invasive, intermuscular (no muscle splitting), approach. However, more traditional posterior THA can also be performed. THA is done under spinal or general anesthesia while you are "asleep." It is an inpatient surgery and you will stay in the hospital for three days for pain management and physical therapy.
Nerve Blocks: At the time of your surgery, you may receive injections administered by the anesthesiologist to significantly reduce shoulder pain, thus reducing your need for narcotics.
Patient Controlled Analgesics: After surgery, you will be able to reduce your pain level by pressing a buting to deliver narcotics via intravenous tubing. Pain pills will be provided to you after you are ready to come off of the PCA pump.
Cryo-Pads: Circulating cooling pads will be added on top of your surgical dressing to reduce swelling and decrease pain. Cryo-Pads will not be used on diabetic patients.
Abduction Pillows: Abduction pillows are wedge-shaped and will keep your legs apart to provide comfort.