• Hip Replacement Surgery

    I have been scheduled for hip replacement surgery in November. My surgeon ordered a bone density scan & it was discovered that I have osteoporosis. I've been started on Prolia injections & Calcium & Vitamin D3 supplements. My question is this: How will osteoporosis have an effect on my hip surgery - and more importantly - recovery afterwards?


  • 9 months ago

    RE: Hip Replacement Surgery

    Osteoporosis means porous bone. When bone is porous, it is fragile and breaks easily. It also doesn't heal quickly or easily. It's good that your doctor has started you on Prolia. You need 1200 mg of calcium a day. Do not ingest more than 600 mg at a time. Your body cannot absorb more than that and will excrete the excess in your urine. If you take a calcium supplement, look at the dosage carefully. Calcium carbonate is one pill = 600 mg and calcium citrate is two pills = 600 mg. Take a dose with lunch and another with supper. Did he check your Vit D levels? If not, ask him to. It may be that you need a booster dose of 50,000 IU and then maintain with 2000 IU a day.

    As for your recovery, you'll continue the above treatment plan. Walking will help those bones knit as the motion of muscle pulling on bone stimulates new bone growth.

    If it's not too painful, I'd suggest you start walking now to get those bones making new bone.

    Good luck with your surgery.