Hip Replacement

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Hip Replacement

The hip is one of the body’s largest joints. If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. Your hip may be stiff, and it may be hard to put on your shoes and socks. You may even feel uncomfortable while resting. Hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can relieve your pain, increase motion, and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.

People with hip joint damage that causes pain and interferes with daily activities despite treatment may be candidates for hip replacement surgery. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of this type of damage. However, other conditions may lead to breakdown of the hip joint and the need for hip replacement surgery

Common causes of hip pain:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (a chronic inflammatory disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling)
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Avascular necrosis (or osteonecrosis, which is the death of bone caused by insufficient blood supply)
  • Injury, fracture, and bone tumors
  • Childhood hip disease

During hip replacement, a surgeon removes the diseased or damaged sections of your hip joint and replaces them with parts usually constructed of metal and very hard plastic. This artificial joint, or prosthesis, helps reduce pain and improve function. In a total hip replacement, the damaged bone and cartilage is removed and replaced with prosthetic components.

When you may need a total hip replacement:

  • Hip pain that limits everyday activities, such as walking or bending
  • Hip pain that continues while resting, either day or night
  • Stiffness in a hip that limits the ability to move or lift the leg
  • Inadequate pain relief from anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, or walking supports

The primary goal of total hip replacement surgery is to ease pain with secondary goals of improving motion, strength and function.

Before considering a total hip replacement, you may want to consider other methods of treatment These methods could include, exercise, walking aids, and medication. An exercise program can strengthen the muscles around the hip joint. Walking aids such as canes and walkers may alleviate some of the stress from painful, damaged hips and help you to avoid or delay surgery. However, if you have tried these treatments and can’t seem to find relief, or the pain is too severe, please consider coming in for a consult.