Today, advances in surgical techniques and technologies have revolutionized hip replacement surgery, allowing more patients to consider treatment sooner. While concerns and worries are normal when considering surgery, the information listed below may help you with your decision.
“ARTHRITIS PAIN IS PART OF AGING. IT’S JUST SOMETHING YOU LEARN TO LIVE WITH”
Reality: Osteoarthritis will affect potentially up to 67 million people by 2030. Yet many of us choose years of conservative care (physical therapy, drugs, injections) to lessen, but not eliminate, their joint pain.
While some of us each year choose total hip replacement (THR), it is estimated that more than double that number of people are good candidates and could benefit from such a procedure. If everyday activities are causing pain and interfering with your daily activities, you may benefit from a consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon.
“A HIP REPLACEMENT WON’T FEEL NATURAL.”
Reality: There have been significant advances in materials, designs, and surgical procedures for hip replacement. Implant manufacturers today offers surgeons more implant options than ever before including a wide range of sizes, designs and materials to best meet individual patient needs and recreate the feel and movement of a natural hip. While the choices are many, the goal is the same to bring you long-term relief from pain and increase your mobility.
“I’M TOO YOUNG FOR A HIP REPLACEMENT.”
Reality:Hip replacement is related to need, not age. Total hip replacement is considered to be effective procedures that can help patients resume a more active lifestyle.
“I SHOULD WAIT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE TO UNDERGO HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY.”
Reality: Many patients who could benefit greatly from a hip replacement are worried that they will not be able to comfortably and confidently return to their normal activities of daily living. In fact, delaying surgery lowers patients’ quality of life not only before the operation, but even for up to two years following surgery, according to a study in arthritis & rheumatism.
“ALL HIP IMPLANTS ARE THE SAME.”
Reality: Today, hip replacement patients have a choice of hip implant types as well as a variety of implant shapes and sizes designed to accommodate specific needs and different life styles. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon about your individual needs and the clinical history of implant your surgeon recommends for you.