Total hip arthroplasty, or total hip replacement, is an elective surgical intervention that involves removing the damaged femoral head and cartilage of the acetabulum and replacing it with prosthetic components. This surgical intervention is indicated for patients battling hip pain associated with severe arthritis, osteonecrosis, or problems related to fractures of the hip.
Patients considering total hip arthroplasty have likely undergone other conservative measures to try to manage their symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medication, pain medication, cortisone shots, and physical therapy are commonly tried prior to discussing surgical intervention. Functionally, patients experience difficulty with walking, standing, sitting, sleeping, and climbing stairs related to their hip pain. Conservative measures will attempt to relieve pain with these activities and improve quality of life.Typically, if conservative measures have failed, an orthopedic surgeon will then begin discussing joint replacement.
We tend to associate total hip replacement surgery with the geriatric population, but that’s not always the case. Patients can be eligible for hip replacement starting in their teens/twenties. There is no upper age limit for this surgery.
Like any surgical intervention, there are certain populations that will not be eligible for hip replacement surgery or will be at increased risk of complications. Patients that have Type II diabetes, heart disease, or use tobacco will be at increased risk of post surgical complications. These complications include bleeding, delayed wound healing, blood clots, or other vascular injuries. Patients that are obese may be required to lose weight prior to total hip replacement.
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Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.