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Eliza Shaw

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Welcome to Reading Orthopaedics

One stop solution for hip knee and foot & ankle disorders


 Osteoarthritis is a very   common condition affecting   us as we get older.

 Treatment of arthritis   depends on the stage of   arthritis and the degree of   symptoms you get.

  In early stages, simple   measures like

 would help reduce the   symptoms.

 In late stages of arthritis,   joint replacement gets rid   of the pain and stiffness   and improves your mobility

  and lifestyle.


 Are there any risks in   having joint replacement?


 Joint replacement is   generally a successful   operation and lasts for 10   to 15 years.


 The followings are the  

 rare risks involved.

  1. Infection (1%)
  2. Nerve damage

(sciatic nerve) that can         affect foot movement.

  1. Blood clots in legs or lungs (Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism)
  2. Dislocation
  3. Difference in leg length
  4. Loosening

Total hip replacement

How long will I be in the hospital?

3 to 5 days.

When will I start to walk again?

Either on the same or next day of operation.

When can I drive?

6 weeks after operation, once you are able to do an

emergency stop.   

How will you reduce the risk of infection?

You will be given antibiotics at the time of operation.

How will you reduce the risk of blood clots?

You will be given tablets or injections to thin the


Can I lie on my side?

We advise you to lie on your back for 2 weeks after


After 2 weeks, you may lie on your side of operation

How can I reduce the risk of dislocation?

  1. Using high toilet seat
  2. Not crossing the legs
  3. Lying on your back for 2 weeks
  4. Not bending the hip beyond 90 degrees

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