There’s no dancing around this: hip replacement is major surgery. The decision to have hip replacement is major, too – and after you and your physician have discussed all your options and have decided hip replacement is right for you, it’s already time to start thinking about what comes next.
Hip replacement is a surgery in which diseased parts of the hip joint are removed and are replaced with a prosthetic implant. Hip replacement surgery is recommended by physicians when other treatments do not relieve pain. Prior to surgery, patients may choose using a cane or walker for stability, physical therapy, medication and other measures prior to hip replacement therapy.
We’re active all of our lives, using our knees and hips to do things with ease, never thinking that pain could prevent us from doing something as simple as walking. But knee and hip pain are two of the most common complaints we get from our orthopedic patients. In fact, 50 million people in the United States suffer with knee pain and 1 in 3 adults deal with hip pain that interfere with their daily lives.