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    Frequently asked questions before a hip replacement surgery

    Frequently asked questions before a hip replacement surgery

    What is hip replacement surgery?

    The intervention of hip prosthesis consists of the replacement or restoration of a damaged joint, specifically the hip. The prosthesis is composed of metal alloys, which is implanted to replace the damaged hip when it has lost its natural mobility.

    In a hip replacement or hip arthroplasty, an artificial hip prosthesis is used to replace the hip joint, replacing the acetabulum or part of the joint that belongs to the pelvis and/or the part of the joint that belongs to the femur.

    What parts is the prosthesis made of?

    A hip prosthesis consists of three elements:

    • A hemispherical dome, which is placed in the cavity of the pelvis, or acetabulum, which remains in place once the femur has been removed.
    • A rod fixed inside the upper end of the femur.
    • A sphere that replaces the head of the femur and is lodged in the cavity or acetabulum of the pelvis. This part of the prosthesis is what will really allow the movement of the hip.

    How is the recovery after the intervention?

    The recovery is usually quite fast and physiotherapy starts early after the intervention to strengthen the muscles. The average life of a prosthesis can be around 20 years.

    When is hip replacement surgery necessary?

    Hip replacement surgery is needed when joint wear or damage to the hip causes reduced mobility and pain. The most common reason for a hip replacement is severe osteoarthritis, but it may also be necessary in the case of other diseases that can damage the hip and in certain types of fractures of the femur.

    How long is the intervention?

    The hip surgery lasts approximately 2 hours and it is performed under general or locoregional (spinal) anesthesia.

    How long will I have to be in the hospital after hip replacement surgery?

    The usual stay in the hospital after the operation is between 5 and 10 days, depending on the particular case.

    What types of interventions are there?

    Hip replacement can be performed as a total hip replacement surgery or as a partial replacement of the hip. In the total hip replacement, both the acetabulum (the cavity in the pelvis) and the femoral head are replaced, while in the hemiarthoplasty only the femoral head is replaced. Of those types, total hip replacement is the most commonly performed.

    How will be the rehabilitation?

    Hip replacement is a surgery that usually requires intensive rehabilitation for several weeks, starting the day after the total hip replacement is placed.

    Vithas Xanit International Hospital is located in Benalmádena, in the heart of the Costa del Sol (Malaga, Spain), where you can benefit from the excellent quality / price ratio of treatments in Spain, and recover from your surgery with the advantages of the Mediterranean climate.

    If you are interested in hip replacement surgery at Vithas Xanit International Hospital, contact us to obtain an estimate of the cost of the surgery for your particular case.

Dr. Radua Kamal Salah

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Medical Specialities

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    At Vithas Xanit we offer the most advanced technology for hair transplantation surgery and for non surgical treatments. We attend both men and women, suffering from any capillary loss, either on the scalp or in any other body area (beard, moustache, eyebrows or eyelashes).

  • Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    Cosmetic Surgery and Anti Aging

    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Unit helps patients to feel good about themselves.
    The latest medical technology and our doctors and surgeons’ perfectionism are key factors in terms of patient satisfaction with the results of their cosmetic surgery or treatment. Liposuction, breast enlargements, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks are among the most applied treatments.

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    Dental surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry

    Our dentists carry out your dental surgery and/or dental treatment quickly and efficiently.
    At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, we guarantee high quality dental treatments such as dental surgery (dental implants, sinus lift) or cosmetic dentistry treatments (dental crown, dental bridge, veneers, dentures, etc.).

  • Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma

    Orthopedic surgery quality and prices vary from country to country and Spain combines the best of both worlds.
    The most requested health tourism orthopedic surgeries are hip replacement and knee replacement. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional, these procedures are performed using arthroscopy and Minimally Invasive Techniques (MIS).

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    Obesity treatment and Bariatric Surgery

    Obesity is considered to be one of Western countries’ major health issues and consequently the demand for bariatric surgery is on the up, particularly concerning gastric banding and gastric bypass
    Our surgeons have been widely trained in this area, with over 20 years’ experience in all bariatric surgeries. They are all done by laparoscopy.

  • Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    Digestive Surgery – Gallbladder Surgery

    The General Surgery and Digestive System Service at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional can boast the most advanced technology and latest generation equipment for treating a wide variety of digestive pathologies such as in gallbladder. This service offers advanced laparoscopy surgery as the main way of tackling most surgical pathologies.

  • Urology – TURP

    Urology – TURP

    The Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional Urology service employs European Board of Urology-certified urologists. This unit offers patients the latest diagnosis techniques, treatments and procedures. At our International Hospital, Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) is the most frequently used technique to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

  • Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Vascular Surgery – Phlebology

    Venous insufficiency is a chronic pathology that affects one in three adults. It is characterised by a deficient blood return in the lower limbs.
    Our International Hospital medical team has wide-ranging experience in sclerotherapy with micro-foam, varicose vein removal with endovascular laser, ambulatory phlebectomy and the C.H.I.V.A technique, among others.

  • Spinal Surgery

    Spinal Surgery

    Slipped discs and spinal stenosis usually affect the lumbar and cervical spine and the spinal surgery most requested by our international patients is laminectomy, as well as arthroplasty of the intervertebral disk and spinal fusion.

  • Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Ophtalmology and laser eye surgery

    Our international hospital uses a new femtosecond laser, the most technologically advanced refractive surgery system currently available. It can correct long-sightedness and refractive defects such as short sightedness, astigmatism or hypermetropia in a single operation.
    The most popular ophthalmology surgeries among our international patients are laser eye surgery, glaucoma and cataract surgery.

  • Imaging Diagnosis

    Imaging Diagnosis

    Radiology and nuclear medicine are medical specialties that focus on the diagnosis of diseases through the interpretation of images. They provide fundamental information for the Medical Check-Up Unit. At Hospital Vithas Xanit Internationalthese two specialities are integrated into a single service in order to provide the maximum reliability and diagnostic coordination.

  • Medical check up

    Medical check up

    Evolving health concepts, greater longevity and technological developments mean that it is increasingly important to detect and make an early diagnosis on diseases and prevent them.
    Therefore, periodic health check-up is the most efficient and secure way of controlling your health.

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Obstetrics and Gynecology – Hysterectomy

    Various conditions might lead to a hysterectomy or uterine ablation: uterine cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, adenomyosis.
    This surgery can be traumatising for women and so the psychology department at Hospital Vithas Xanit Internacional helps women through this process.