Total hip replacement: improving patients’ quality of life
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Total hip replacement: improving patients’ quality of life

Jennie A Walker Clinical educator, Division of Accident and Orthopaedic Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham

Hip arthroplasty (total hip replacement) is a common orthopaedic procedure that can greatly improve patients’ quality of life. This article discusses the pathophysiology of hip dysfunction, the assessment and pre-operative screening of patients with hip pain, and some of the post-operative nursing considerations following hip arthroplasty. Multidisciplinary care of patients undergoing hip arthroplasty is essential to provide optimal care and an efficient service.

Nursing Standard. 24, 23,51-57. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.02.24.23.51.c7552

Correspondence

jennie.walker@nottingham.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review