The hip joint is one of the most crucial parts of the body because people rely on it to stand and walk. If the hip bones give way due to injury or disease, pain caused by inflammation, or degeneration brought on by age, a hip replacement might be the best option. However, there are various things to know and steps to consider before deciding on hip replacement surgery. Continue reading to find out more.
The biggest reason for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis, a painful condition where joint cartilage deteriorates and causes bones to rub together. Other reasons could stem from hip damage caused by conditions like osteonecrosis and rheumatoid arthritis. The former occurs when a bone dies due to an insufficient blood supply, and the latter develops when a joint's membranes are attacked by the body's immune system.
Initial treatments that doctors recommend for hip pain often include walking aids and pain relievers. The analgesic acetaminophen is often recommended for pain without inflammation, while those who suffer from inflammation are often prescribed ibuprofen or naproxen—though not in combination—and sometimes acetaminophen. For some patients, more powerful medicines like tramadol, corticosteroids, or a combination of acetaminophen and narcotic codeine may be prescribed.
Anyone who considers undergoing a hip replacement is usually referred to an orthopaedic surgeon for a physical examination. While the surgery is most common among those aged 60 to 80, an increasing number of people below that age bracket are also turning to hip replacement to end pain and restore leg function. Hip replacement surgery may not be the best option for people who are prone to infection or those who suffer from Parkinson's or degenerative muscle disease.
If you are considering the option of hip replacement, South Bay Hospital is the place to learn whether this type of surgery will be right for you. We offer care to people from all around Sun Center City. You can learn more about our surgical and orthopedic services by calling (888) 685-1595.