In Switzerland, a large number of hip joints are replaced every year by so-called total endo prostheses. This means that the entire joint, i.e. the joint ball and the socket, is removed and replaced by an artificial joint. In the meantime, there are surgical techniques that are also called minimally invasive because the surgical access, i.e. the skin incision, is only a few centimeters long. This has many advantages for the patient, because wound healing takes place much faster, there is significantly less pain, the muscles do not have to be severed and the risk of infection is lower.
Most patients who need such an operation have severe signs of wear in the hip joint and have had great pain when walking for years. But there are also situations in which young people need a „new hip“. For example, in the event of accidents, hip dysplasia or because the joint head suddenly no longer has adequate blood flow and is necrotized (atrophied).
Medical advances in recent decades have meant that you no longer have to worry about such operations. The orthopedic surgeons are now so well trained that complications only arise in very few cases.
Aftercare in physiotherapy has also changed in recent years. Thanks to the safe and stable installation of the prosthesis, walking training, balance training and strength building can begin much earlier. At the beginning of post-treatment today, the main focus is on avoiding symptoms of overloading due to careful maintenance and the earliest possible independence. Patients should be able to take care of themselves again at home as quickly as possible. In the further course, special exercise programs are required to relearn the balance, muscle strength and physiological processes of everyday life. In doing so, she supports her physiotherapist right from the start.
We recommend undergoing a series of physiotherapy before the operation. Here you will learn everything about the operation, learn to walk with your walking sticks and the muscles and the entire area of operation are excellently prepared for the operation. Incorrect movement patterns can also be reduced early. It is a great advantage for you as a patient if you have already learned the correct movements before the operation, if you can already walk with sticks and if you enter the hospital fearlessly for the operation.
These are all factors that you have to learn from us and be well prepared to take this decisive step in your life.