Hip replacement is a major surgery that may qualify you for disability.
What is hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery is an operation where a painful hip is replaced with an artificial hip. Pain from arthritis is the leading cause of hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery is quite extensive, requiring the doctor to cut into the thigh bone to remove the hip joint and insert the artificial one. The surgery is so invasive that the patient usually has to stay in the hospital for a week following the surgery.
Treatment after hip replacement
Doctors almost always prescribe physical therapy after hip replacement surgery. Physical therapy can last from a few weeks to several months, depending upon how quickly the patient recovers from the surgery.
Doctors also may treat the pain from hip replacement surgery with narcotic pain medication. Other medication may be prescribed to reduce the pain and inflammation caused by the surgery.
Effects of hip replacement surgery
While the goal of hip replacement surgery is the elimination of pain, some patients never return to work after surgery. Complications include stiffening of the joint and a restricted range of motion.
Hip replacement surgeries are not always successful, and the side effects of the operation may prevent you from going back to work. If you can't work due to a hip replacement, contact us to speak to a disability lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi.