Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which a doctor surgically removes a painful hip joint with arthritis and replaces it with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components. It usually is done when all other treatment options have failed to provide adequate pain relief. The procedure should relieve a painful hip joint, making walking easier. Adults of any age can be considered for a hip replacement, although most are carried out on people between the ages of 60 and 80. Hip replacement surgery can be performed as a total replacement or a hemi replacement.
When a hip replacement is needed
Hip replacement surgery is usually necessary when the hip joint is worn or damaged to the extent that your mobility is reduced and you experience pain even while resting.
The most common reason for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis. Other conditions that can cause hip joint damage include:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- A Hip Fracture
- Septic Arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Disorders that cause unusual bone growth (bone dysplasias)
A hip replacement is major surgery, so is normally only recommended if other treatments, such as physiotherapy or steroid injections, haven't helped reduce pain or improve mobility.
You may be offered hip replacement surgery if:
- You have severe pain, swelling and stiffness in your hip joint and your mobility is reduced
- Your hip pain is so severe that it interferes with your quality of life and sleep everyday tasks, such as shopping or getting out of the bath, are difficult or impossible
- You're feeling depressed because of the pain and lack of mobility
- You can't work or have a normal social life
- You'll also need to be well enough to cope with both a major operation and the rehabilitation afterwards.
- No Bleeding
- Improvement in gait
- Correction of Limb lengthening discrepancy