Surgery decision and individual treatment plan
Before the actual surgery, your need for surgery will be assessed and you will be provided with instructions, support and care to ensure the success of your surgery.
Your first visit – assessing the need for surgery
You will receive the invitation for your initial visit by post. The surgery and your individual treatment plan will be decided on the first visit. You will also receive instructions on how to prepare for the surgery.
On your first visit, you will meet with a nurse who will instruct you in how to prepare for the surgery. It is advisable to bring with you a family member or a friend who is able to assist you in the post-operative recovery stage.
What you will discuss with the orthopaedist
Good results come from cooperation
- The Coxa surgery team is committed to doing their utmost to provide you with a fully functional artificial joint.
- As painful as it may be, a good outcome will require you to get moving as soon as possible and to diligently follow the instructions you are given.
Choosing your artificial joint
- The type of joint is chosen based on your needs. The choice is based on factors like skeletal structure, bone quality and physical activity.
- The joints used by Coxa have been carefully chosen and proven reliable.
Coxa’s artificial joints come from Zimmer, Biomet and DePuySynthes.
Risks associated with joint replacement surgery
Joint replacement surgery is a very safe operation at Coxa, as the associated complications are very rare. However, any surgery poses inherent risks. The risk of severe complications requiring reoperation is less than two per cent. These include infected wounds and artificial joints, post-operative deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), bone fractures and dislocated joints.
Good treatment planning, surgery technique and pre-emptive medication can significantly reduce the risk of all of these.
- Risks related surgery and the aggravation of base illnesses
- Infection of the artificial joint. Occurrence within one year of the operation is 0.5% for Coxa patients (less than 2% is considered generally acceptable).
- Mechanical issue with the artificial joint. The probability of the artificial joint not having any mechanical issues in the first 10 years is over 95%.