Why Should You Consider a Hip Replacement?

 

Hip ReplacementHip replacement was once a high-tech procedure that seemed more appropriate for science fiction than real life. Today, cutting-edge technology has made the surgery a viable option for patients suffering with joint injuries and ailments.

While the treatment has become more common–with the number of surgeries growing exponentially to more than 300,000 per year–it’s still not a decision to be made lightly. If any of the following conditions apply to you, consult an orthopedic doctor to discuss hip replacement.

Arthritis

Your hip joint is protected by cartilage that prevents the bones from rubbing together. Osteoarthritis involves a breakdown of the cartilage, resulting in pain and stiffness that ultimately makes it difficult to perform everyday activities. Surgery can also be a solution to rheumatoid arthritis, where the lining of the joint deteriorates due to attacks from the body’s own immune system.

Bone damage

Bone damage and deformities prevent the hip joint from working properly. Left untreated, the damage continues to grow past the point of successful repair. Osteonecrosis is a disease that also affects bones, with reduced blood flow causing bone cells to die. Surgery is called for in both situations.

Pain and stiffness

Many people experience occasional episodes of pain and stiffness, especially as they grow older. Regardless of the cause, if you have chronic pain that makes it uncomfortable to walk, climb stairs, or perform your usual activities, a hip replacement can greatly improve your quality of life.

Non-surgical treatments have failed

An orthopedic doctor will generally begin treating hip problems with anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, aids such as walkers or canes, and other non-surgical methods. Hip replacement is an appropriate course of action when other treatments have failed to provide relief.

Hip pain doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a limited quality of life, no matter what your age. Visit our website or call 602.466.7378 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic surgeons.

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