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
Published in print: 10 February 2010Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review