Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common procedures, particularly in elderly patients. The hip – the point at which the thighbone and pelvic bone meet – is placed under a lot of stress as it carries a large portion of body weight, and is easily fractured or broken as bone density decreases with age. Also known as anthroplasty, the hip replacement procedure involves replacing damaged cartilage and bone with prosthetic components. Prosthetic components used in hip replacement are made from a range of materials including metal, ceramic, and plastic. New technological advances in surgery mean that the procedure has long-term results.
There are a number of conditions that can cause hip pain, and the discomfort associated with these conditions ranges in severity. Some common causes of hip pain include:
Although less common, young patients can experience hip pain as a result of:
Hip fractures are relatively common in elderly patients because of a loss in bone density – even a small fall can cause an injury. Those who suffer from arthritis may also struggle with physical activities like walking and standing. In these cases your orthopedic surgeon will advise you about the benefits of undergoing a hip replacement procedure.
Before considering hip replacement surgery, an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon is required. The procedure typically takes a few hours, and post-operative rehabilitation is essential.
When considering hip replacement surgery, bear in mind the following: