The hip is body’s one of the largest joints. Hip Replacement Surgery is usually necessary when the hip joint is worn or damaged to the extent that your mobility is reduced and you experience pain even while resting. The most common reason for hip replacement surgery is Osteoarthritis. There are few other factors that can also damage hip joints and can result in excruciating pain, they are as follows:
In general it is an age-related arthritis. It usually occurs in people after 60 years of age and often in individuals with a family history of arthritis. The cartilage cushioning the bones of the hip wears away. The bones then rub against each other, causing hip pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis may also be caused or accelerated by subtle irregularities in how the hip developed in childhood.
This is an auto immune disease in which the synovial membrane becomes inflamed and thickened. This chronic inflammation can damage the cartilage, leading to pain and stiffness. Rheumatoid Arthritis is the most common type of a group of disorders termed Inflammatory Arthritis.
This can follow a serious hip injury or fracture. The cartilage may become damaged and lead to hip pain and stiffness over time.
Some infants and children have hip problems. Even though the problems are successfully treated during childhood, they may still cause arthritis later on in life. This happens because the hip may not grow normally, and the joint surfaces are affected.
Whether you have just begun exploring treatment options or have already decided to undergo hip replacement surgery, this information will help you understand the benefits and limitations of total hip replacement. Recommendations for surgery are based on a patient’s pain and disability, not age. Most patients who undergo total hip replacement are aged 50 to 80 but orthopedic surgeons evaluate patients individually. Total hip replacements have been performed successfully at all ages, from the young teenager with juvenile arthritis to the elderly patient with degenerative arthritis.
A hip replacement is major surgery, so it is normally recommended if any other alternative treatment is not possible for the patient. In a total hip replacement, the damaged bone and cartilage is removed and replaced with prosthetic components. Hip replacement surgery becomes an indispensible decision if one of the following symptom is seen in the patient: