Hip replacement surgery has become one of the most often performed elective surgical procedures in the United States. This involves the total replacement of the patient’s natural, but damaged hip joint, which an artificial hip implant manufactured by a medical device firm. While there are many names for the different firms, these days, they are often subsidiaries of a handful of major pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.
A recent news article from ABC 6, takes a look at how a modern hip replacement is performed and what a patient can expect during his or her recovery. As discussed in the article, in the 1990s, having a total hip replacement involved a having an open incision followed by a stay in the hospital of two weeks or more and then being placed in a lengthy rehabilitation program. There was a lot of time spent in rehabilitation, and this was not only a long, but also a painful process. Continue reading