Medical Alerts for Seniors with Hip Replacement

Medical Alerts for Seniors with Hip Replacement

time icon 5 min read update icon Sept. 28, 2019


Natural aging and age-related conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteonecrosis can all cause a deterioration of the ball and joint of the hip. Hip replacement surgery involves removing the damaged sections of bone and replacing them with metal, ceramic or a specialized form of hard plastic.

Hip Replacement Overview

Hip replacement surgery is often referred to as hip arthroplasty. Typically, a hip replacement occurs between the ages of 50 and 80 years old. During the procedure, a surgeon will remove all damaged cartilage and bone and replace it with a prosthesis. The femoral head is removed and replaced with a metal stem that is placed inside of the stem of the femoral bone by either screwing or cementing. In some cases, it is press-fitted.

A ball is then affixed to the upper stem to replace the femoral bone’s ball. After the cartilage is removed, a socket is affixed using screws. A metal spacer is fitted to create smooth movement. The surgery is used to reduce pain and increase mobility. A successful hip replacement can last for years.

Hip Replacement Impairment

Following hip replacement surgery, you will likely experience pain and discomfort. One to two days after surgery, the physician will normally have you getting out of bed and moving around. Within three days, you can typically walk to the bathroom on your own. It usually takes three to six weeks before you can walk successfully without crutches or a walker.

Impairment following hip surgery varies with patients. Some will only experience problems for a short amount time, and others may have a more prolonged recovery timeframe. Following surgery, you will work closely with a physical therapist to overcome mobility issues.

  • Stiffness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain
  • Impaired balance
Medical Alert Benefits

After hip replacement surgery, you will be shaky on your feet. Your balance may be even further impaired if you are taking pain medication. It is going to take you awhile to return to normal life as your mobility improves. Medical alert services will you provide you with peace of mind if you should fall or have a difficult time getting up from a seated or prone position. You can summon help at the first sign of trouble.

Symptoms from a hip replacement will usually improve over time.

  • Mobility issues
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Dizziness
  • Swelling
Safety Without Medical Alerts

Returning home after a hip replacement is scary for most people. You may worry about your pain threshold, your mobility issues, and, more than anything, you may worry about falling and injuring yourself. Despite the many concerns, many people opt to live life without a medical alert service.

Following, hip surgery, you may want to take a few safety precautions.

  • Mobility issues: Keep a walker or crutches nearby in case your pain or stiffness are too severe to freely move from room to room.
  • Pain: Make sure your pain medication is within easy reach to relieve any intense discomfort.
  • Dizziness: Pain and pain medication can cause dizziness. Installing handrails, bath bars, a toilet safety frame and a lift/assist next to your bed will help stabilize you if you should experience a bout of dizziness.
Hip Replacement Precautions
  • Crossing Your limbs: Never cross your legs or ankles when standing or sitting after a hip replacement.
  • Hip flexion: Avoid bending over at a 90-degree angle. Use a reacher or a shoe horn to put on socks and shoes.
  • Sitting: Avoid sitting in one place for over 30 minutes. When sitting, use a firm chair with a straight back.
Hip Replacement Medical Alerts Conclusion

Medical alert services are beneficial to any senior after hip replacement surgery. There is always a fear of falling, experiencing extreme pain, or a blood clot developing. After hip replacement surgery, your mobility will be limited for weeks and you may be overly dizzy because of the use of pain medication. The chance of falling during the recovery period is always a grim threat. Even a minor fall is enough to tear open an incision and destroy the surgical results.

In such a situation, you may not be able to reach the phone, so having access to medical alerts will allow you to quickly and efficiently summon help.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.