Total 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. The anterior hip replacement procedure, also known as anthroplasty, involves replacing damaged cartilage and bone with prosthetic components. Prosthetic components used in total hip replacement are made from a range of materials including metal, ceramic, and plastic. New technological advances in surgery mean that the procedure has successful long-term results.
Total hip replacement is indicated to treat conditions such as:
Other causes of hip pain are:
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 orthopaedic surgeon will advise you about the benefits of undergoing a total hip replacement procedure.
Before considering hip replacement surgery, an evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon is required. The procedure typically takes a few hours, and post-operative rehabilitation is essential.
When considering total hip replacement surgery, bear in mind the following: