The procedure itself takes about an hour and a half to complete. We use a spinal anesthesia for anesthesia purposes, which is a needle in the back. It numbs you from the waist down. This allows us to not utilize as much anesthesia medicines during the surgery, which allows you to feel much more rejuvenated and fresh following the surgery rather than the nauseous feelings that anesthesia can sometimes create. Typically, you wake up with a bandage on your thigh and all the sutures underneath are absorbable. With the anterior approach to hip replacement surgery, many patients can be discharged from the hospital the same day. In fact, many of these patients are being performed at outpatient surgery centers, the patients that choose to stay overnight, typically released the following morning following a physical therapy session. Some patients do require a longer stay, particularly if they have been on a walker or a cane or even a wheelchair leading up to surgery as they will require a longer recovery process.
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