Professor Paul Lee answers the most embarrassing questions on hip replacement
1. Will I experience any changes in my sexual function after my hip replacement surgery?
Professor Paul Lee: It is normal to have concerns about sexual activity after surgery. While hip replacement surgery itself does not directly affect sexual function, you may need to adjust positions or find more comfortable alternatives during the recovery period. It is important to have open communication with your partner and consult with your healthcare team if you have any specific concerns.
2. Will I have difficulty using the bathroom or experience incontinence after my hip replacement surgery?
Professor Paul Lee: It is common to have temporary changes in bathroom habits due to the surgery and medications. However, these issues are typically resolved as the body heals. If you experience persistent difficulties, it is important to discuss them with your healthcare provider for appropriate evaluation and management.
3. Will I have to use a bedpan or commode chair after my hip replacement surgery?
Professor Paul Lee: While it is possible to use a bedpan or commode chair immediately after surgery, the goal is to mobilise and use the bathroom independently as soon as possible. Your healthcare team will guide you on the appropriate time to transition to using the bathroom normally based on your recovery progress.
4. Will I need assistance with personal hygiene tasks like bathing or using the toilet after my hip replacement surgery?
Professor Paul Lee: Initially, you may require some assistance with personal hygiene tasks due to temporary mobility limitations. However, as you regain strength and mobility, you will gradually regain independence in these activities. Your healthcare team will provide guidance on when it is safe to resume these tasks independently.
5. Will I experience bowel or bladder issues related to pain medications after hip replacement surgery?
Professor Paul Lee: Pain medications, such as opioids, can sometimes cause constipation or other gastrointestinal issues. Your healthcare team will provide instructions on managing these side effects, including dietary adjustments, increased fluid intake, and the use of stool softeners or laxatives if necessary.
6. Will I have to wear adult diapers or pads after my hip replacement surgery?
Professor Paul Lee: While it is not typically necessary to wear adult diapers or pads after hip replacement surgery, some individuals may prefer to use them as a precautionary measure during the early stages of recovery. However, with proper guidance from your healthcare team, you can gradually regain control over bladder and bowel function as you heal.
7. Will my hip replacement surgery affect my ability to have children or affect my menstrual cycle?
Professor Paul Lee: Hip replacement surgery does not affect fertility or menstrual cycles in women. The surgery specifically targets the hip joint and does not interfere with reproductive organs or hormones.
8. Will I experience body odour or excessive sweating after hip replacement surgery?
Professor Paul Lee: Excessive sweating or body odour is not directly related to hip replacement surgery. However, certain medications or changes in activity levels may temporarily affect sweat production. Maintaining good hygiene practices and using appropriate hygiene products can help manage these concerns.
9. Will I have to undress in front of medical staff during follow-up appointments or physical therapy sessions?
Professor Paul Lee: Medical staff are trained to respect patient privacy and dignity. During follow-up appointments or physical therapy sessions, you will be provided with appropriate gowns or privacy measures to ensure your comfort. If you have any concerns, you can communicate them to the staff, and they will make necessary accommodations.
10. Will I be able to resume intimate activities with my partner after my hip replacement surgery?
Professor Paul Lee: It is natural to have concerns about resuming intimate activities after surgery. In general, once you have fully recovered and received clearance from your healthcare team, you can gradually resume intimate activities at your own pace. It is important to listen to your body, communicate with your partner, and follow any specific guidelines provided by your healthcare team to ensure a safe and comfortable experience.
Remember, as a patient, it is important to openly discuss any concerns or questions you may have with your healthcare provider. They are there to provide guidance, support, and ensure your well-being throughout the hip replacement journey. No question is too embarrassing or insignificant when it comes to your health and recovery.