How do they treat scars after hip replacement?
A hip replacement incision will produce a large scar on the outer thigh that can discourage patients from enjoying time at the beach or outside in the sun. One way to reduce post-surgical scarring is to wear silicone gel sheets or apply silicone sticks to the scar site.
How long does it take for hip replacement scar to heal?
The incision is covered with a dressing and takes about six weeks to heal. During this time, it’s OK to shower, but to reduce the risk of infection, bathing and swimming should be put off until the wound fully heals.
How do I massage a scar on my hip replacement?
How to Massage Your Scar
- In early healing phases, try and massage your scar for 10-15 minutes a day (2-3 times a day for 5 mins).
- Apply a non-perfumed Vitamin E lotion or oil to your scar area.
- Using the pad of your thumb or finger, firmly massage in a circular motion.
How do you break up scar tissue after hip replacement?
Treatment to Break Up Scar Tissue
- Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy can be useful for breaking up scar tissue around a joint.
- Laser Therapy.
- Corticosteroid Injections.
- Shockwave Therapy to Break Up Scar Tissue.
- Surgery to Get Rid of Scar Tissue.
How big is the scar for hip replacement?
You will have a single scar in the region of your hip and this will measure anywhere between 8 and 20 cms (3 and 8 inches). The length of scar is dependent in part on obesity and musculature.
When should I start massaging my scar?
When should I start massaging my scars? You should start massaging your scars two weeks after surgery. Wait until the sutures have been removed and all scabs have fallen off by themselves. Do not pull your scabs off.
How much walking should I do after hip replacement?
In the beginning, walk for 5 to 10 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. As your strength and endurance improve, you can walk for 20 to 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day. Once you have fully recovered, regular walks of 20 to 30 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week, will help maintain your strength.
What age is best for hip replacement?
AGE. While most hip replacements are performed in patients between 60 and 80 years of age, older or younger age is not a contraindication to surgery. Hip replacement is occasionally performed in patients in their teens and early twenties.
What to do before and after your hip replacement surgery?
Do not overdo it; plan your activities with frequent rest periods.
What are the problems after hip replacement surgery?
Infection. Infection is a serious complication.
Should I Shave before hip surgery?
Ask your provider to clean their hands before they examine you or check your wound.
How to care for your hip replacement after surgery?
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