Hip replacement in Tunisia: what is the hip replacement operation in Tunisia?
The hip prosthesis is an operation that serves as a treatment for osteoarthritis of the hip. It involves replacing one of the joint surfaces of the hip (head or acetabulum) when the cartilage is worn out. In some cases, both surfaces have to be replaced.
Hip replacement is intended for people over the age of 50 who suffer from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It helps them regain normal mobility, reduce their pain and correct possible deformities.
A total hip replacement may also be recommended in the case of a femoral neck fracture or necrosis of the femoral head.
Hip replacement is usually considered when drug treatments are unable to reduce pain and restore optimal hip mobility.
Hip replacements consist of a head and neck, just like the femur.
Cost of hip replacement in Tunisia ?
|Hip prosthesis||Between 4500 and 5500€|
Hip replacement in Tunisia: what you need to know before you start
In this orthopedic surgery procedure, the first step to take is the pre-operative assessment. It is a clinical, blood and radiological assessment that must be complete. The surgeon must make sure that your health condition allows the installation of a hip prosthesis. He must also inform you of the risks, the recovery time and the cost of the operation.
How is the hip replacement surgery performed in Tunisia?
Hip replacement surgery can be performed under general or epidural anesthesia. The procedure lasts between 1 and 2 hours, and requires about 5 days of hospitalization.
The orthopedic surgeon begins by making a short incision (8 to 10 cm) in the posterior external part of the buttocks, then progresses slowly until he reaches the joint. The joint is then dislocated to facilitate the surgeon’s task.
The surgeon then proceeds to section (very carefully and precisely) the femoral head and neck. The acetabulum is also cut and prepared by a series of milling operations.
Once the damaged joint areas have been removed, the hip prosthesis can be inserted and the incision re-sewn with absorbable sutures.
Post-operative follow-up of the hip prosthesis in Tunisia
The patient is allowed to sit on a chair from the second day after the operation.
The redon drains (placed under the scar in order to suck out the blood and avoid a hematoma) will be removed on the third day.
You will use crutches to walk from the first days. It is recommended to resume walking as soon as possible to avoid the risk of phlebitis.
Re-education is necessary in order to gradually regain perfect mobility. It starts at the clinic and continues for 2 to 4 weeks after leaving the clinic. It is done with a physiotherapist, either in a specialized center or at home.
Certain rules of life must be respected during the first months in order to avoid the risk of the prosthesis becoming dislocated. Certain leg positions should be avoided (such as crossing the legs).