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Hip Replacement

Hip replacement surgery is a treatment for pain and disability in the hip. Also called total hip arthroplasty, this is a surgical procedure to replace a worn out or damaged hip joint with an artificial joint or prosthesis. The goal of hip replacement surgery is to replace the parts of the hip joint that have been damaged and to relieve hip pain that can't be controlled by other treatments.

When thinking about total hip replacement, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend either a traditional posterior approach surgery or an anterior approach. The key difference being where the incision is placed to replace the joint. Posterior is through the back or side of the leg and anterior is through the front.

Your doctor will need to determine the best procedure for you.

The most common condition that results in the need for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis causes loss of joint cartilage in the hip. Damage to the cartilage and bones limits movement and may cause pain. People with severe pain due to degenerative joint disease may be unable to do normal activities that involve bending at the hip, such as walking or sitting, because they are painful. Other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid and traumatic arthritis that results from a hip injury, can also lead to degeneration of the hip joint.

If medical treatments are not effectively controlling arthritis pain, hip replacement may be an option. Some medical treatments for degenerative joint disease may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate
  • Pain medications
  • Limiting painful activities
  • Assistive devices for walking (such as a cane)
  • Physical therapy

There may be other reasons for your healthcare provider to recommend a hip replacement surgery.


End Hip Pain for Good

Hip pain can keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Ask yourself these questions.

 Does pain in your hip wake you up at night?
 Are you taking pain medication such as anti-inflammatory daily?
 Do you have pain when moving from sitting to standing position?
 Is it difficult to get out of a car due to hip pain?
 Are you limiting your activity because of hip pain?

If you checked 3 or more of these questions then you may be ready to talk to an Orthopedic specialist. Contact us and an Orthopedic Specialist will contact you.

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