Hip Replacement: Major Surgery with A Big Impact
What you need to know about hip replacement
Hip replacement surgery is often a solution for people with hip pain resulting from severe arthritis. Approximately 300,000 total hip replacements take place in the U.S. each year. If medical solutions are not working, you may be wondering if an artificial hip could help. You can find all you need to know about hip replacement surgery right here.
- When All Else Fails. Hip replacement is generally reserved for patients who have tried all of the other treatments and are still left with significant pain during normal activities. Patients who have occasional pain, are able to participate in athletic activities, or have not tried non-operative treatments are probably not ready for a hip replacement. Non-operative treatment options may include weight-loss, physical therapy, medication, and joint supplements.
- It’s Not Forever. Hip replacements typically last roughly around 15 to 20 years, research suggests. Material improvement s are ongoing innovations, such as, the biologic hip replacement. Studies expect future joint replacements will last six or seven decades. Younger patients in their 30s and 40s will most likely need another surgery somewhere down the line.
- You’re Never Too Old. No one is really too old to have a hip replacement but some people can be too sick or have too many risks to have a hip replacement. When people have less optimal health, they can be at a higher risk for complications associated with hip replacement surgery. Consult with your physician if surgery is right for you.
- Choosing Your Surgeon. When planning for a hip replacement, there are two major things you need to choose, your hospital and surgeon. You want a surgeon who specializes in hip replacements. Looking into how many procedures the surgeon has performed and for how long, and finding out which surgical approach they prefer, is ideal.
- Pick a Tried and True Device. There is a wide range of artificial joints available to surgeons, made up of combinations of materials including metals, such as, titanium or chrome, ceramic and plastic. The majority have a track record that would suggest very long survivorships and a high rate of success. Ask your surgeon about your options.
- Rehabilitation. Hip replacement surgery is usually very successful, but the success of the procedure is partly due to the rehabilitation period that follows the surgery. To experience a good result from hip replacement surgery, patients must be active rehab participants.
We presented a number of topics related to hip replacement surgery, and some of the concerns you should consider when thinking about joint replacement surgery. Nonetheless, hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful orthopedic procedures. Patients who undergo a hip replacement find relief from hip pain and improved quality of life.
If you are seeking an orthopedic specialist, view Torrance Memorial’s online directory to find a board-certified orthopedic surgeon.