Omaha, NE (August 20, 2015) - According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 332,000 individuals receive a total hip replacement surgery every year. As travel therapy jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, explains, it's one of the more common inpatient surgeries that travel nurses as well as medical professionals on travel physical therapy jobs will need to be informed about, especially with a growing number of baby boomers entering retirement age.
Candidates for hip replacement surgery
While many medical professionals know that osteoarthritis is the main underlying cause for hip replacement surgery, there are several other conditions that can contribute to a need for such an operation, according to the National Institutes of Health. Some of these include bone tumors, injuries, fractures, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteonecrosis. Avascular necrosis can also lead to a hip replacement.
The general assumption is that patients over age 60 are more likely to have a hip replacement. While it's true that older individuals with more wear and tear on the hip joints will undergo this surgery, young people might also need assistance in recovery.
Details about hip replacement
This procedure has grown quite sophisticated over the years thanks to surgical technologies and scientific advancements in artificial joints. In most cases, a surgeon will replace the head of the femur and acetabulum with artificial hip parts after removing poor bone tissue and cartilage. However, if the damage to the hip joint is not as severe, patients might qualify for minimally invasive surgery that requires less recovery time (though these types of candidates are typically 50 years or younger, according to the NIH).
Read the full article for more travel therapy tips for helping hip replacement patients recover.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.