If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture or other conditions, even walking or getting out of a chair may be painful and difficult. Your hip may be stiff, too, making it hard to put on your shoes and socks. You may even feel uncomfortable while resting.
If medications, changes in your everyday activities and the use of walking supports do not adequately relieve your symptoms, hip replacement surgery may be an option. Hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can relieve your pain, increase motion and help you get back to enjoying everyday activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is it time to consider a total hip replacement?
It may be time to consider a total hip replacement when:
- Hip pain limits your everyday activities (walking, bending or putting on your shoes).
- Hip pain persists while you are resting.
- You cannot move or lift your leg due to stiffness.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, changes in everyday activities and walking supports do not relieve your symptoms.
- Your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture or other conditions.
What are the benefits of total hip replacement?
Hip replacement surgery can relieve your pain, increase motion and enable you to once again enjoy everyday activities.
What is the success rate of total hip replacement surgery?
Since 1960, when the hip replacement surgery first began, joint replacement surgical techniques and technology have greatly improved, making it one of the most successful operations in medicine. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed annually in the United States.
Who is a candidate for total hip replacement surgery?
Recommendations for surgery are based on a patient’s pain and disability, not age. Though patients who have total hip replacements are usually between ages 50 and 80, orthopedic surgeons evaluate patients individually.