Total hip replacement is a surgical procedure where the worn out surfaces of the hip are replaced with man-made components. Over time, the cartilage that cushions the bones can wear away, cause pain and discomfort, and make simple pleasures like walking and shopping unbearable. Hip replacement can reduce or eliminate pain, allow easier movement and get you back to life.
Hip replacement surgery may be considered for those suffering from arthritic hip pain that severely limits the activities of daily living. It is only recommended after careful examination and diagnosis of your particular joint problem, and only after more conservative measures such as exercise, physical therapy and medications have proven ineffective.
There are many kinds and designs of hip implants available today, and no one design or type is best for every patient or their particular situation. Each surgeon selects the implant that they believe is best for their patient’s needs based on a number of factors including age, activity level, the implant’s track record, and his or her comfort with the instruments associated with the particular implant. If you have specific questions regarding implants, your surgeon will be happy to answer them for you.
Hip replacement is recognized as one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine. In the United States, over 190,000 people have their hips replaced each year, and over ninety percent of these are considered successful.