Is a Hip Replacement Right For You?

Hip_ReplacementIf you have been suffering from hip discomfort for some time, you may be wondering if it’s time for a hip replacement. The answer, of course, is dependent upon several factors. Some of these factors include age, overall health and underlying cause of your hip problems. Before making any final decisions, your doctor or health care provider may refer you to a specialist.

Candidates for Surgery

When pain and discomfort become too much to bear, and interfere with your daily activities, it may be time to consider surgery. The cause may be from a sports injury, or it may be from osteoarthritis (one of the most causes reasons for a hip replacement.)

It used to be that surgery was performed on those over the age of 60. Thanks to new technology, however, it is now being done on people much younger, with excellent success rates.


There are many benefits that result from hip replacement surgery. These include decreased pain, increased mobility, increased quality of life and greater range of movement during daily activities.

Many people find that they are able to resume activities such as exercise, which they couldn’t do prior to the surgery.

Recovery Time

While the total recovery time differs from person to person, it takes an average of about 6 to 8 weeks to recover enough to resume normal, everyday activities. Your doctor will monitor you closely during this time, to make sure you’re healing well.

Physical rehabilitation will most likely be part of the recovery period. Swimming, walking and light exercise are all good forms of exercise. Plenty of rest will also help in the healing process.

It’s important for you to talk with your doctor or health care provider, and make the decision together. There are non-surgical alternatives that may be tried first. Remember that you have the final decision in your treatment. Ask questions, and be confident in making an educated decision. 

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