Lifetime risk of developing hip arthritis is about 25%. That means one in four people will develop this debilitating condition that makes walking and movement painful and difficult.
If you have arthritis of the hip, you know it can develop progressively, starting with mild symptoms that become severe over time. You may reach a point when you feel a hip replacement is the only option.
The skilled team at Total Joint Specialists perform expert hip replacements and can help you determine if you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure. Read on to learn the factors that determine whether you are a good candidate for hip replacement surgery.
Conditions that call for hip replacement
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common reasons for hip replacement surgery. It occurs when the protective cartilage in your hip joint wears down over time, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. X-rays and other imaging tests can help confirm the extent of joint damage.
Once cartilage has deteriorated or been damaged, it cannot be repaired or restored.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that can affect multiple joints, including the hip. If you have rheumatoid arthritis and it has caused severe damage to your hip joint, hip replacement surgery may be recommended to alleviate pain and improve joint function.
Symptoms that warrant a hip replacement
The primary indication for hip replacement surgery is chronic hip pain that significantly impairs your quality of life and limits your ability to perform everyday activities. It often manifests with symptoms in the groin area. Pain on the posterior aspect of the hip or the gluteal region is often associated with the back instead of the hip. If you've been experiencing persistent hip pain in the groin region that doesn't respond to nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy, pain medication, or assistive devices, it may be time to consider hip replacement.
If your hip pain and joint dysfunction have led to a significant reduction in mobility, hip replacement surgery can help restore your ability to walk, climb stairs, and engage in daily activities without pain.
When other treatments fail
Before considering hip replacement surgery, our team recommends a course of conservative non-operative treatments, such as physical therapy and pain management. If these treatments have not provided adequate relief and your hip pain persists, your orthopedic surgeon may discuss surgical options.
Your overall health, expectations, and hip replacement
You do need to be in good overall health to undergo a hip replacement. We will assess your medical history, current health status, and any underlying medical conditions. It's essential to have an open and honest discussion with your surgeon about your overall health to ensure that you are physically fit for surgery.
Having realistic expectations is essential when considering hip replacement surgery. While the procedure can provide significant pain relief and improved mobility, it may not restore your hip joint to its original condition. We’ll discuss the expected outcomes and potential limitations of the surgery during your consultation.
Hip replacement surgery can be life-changing for individuals suffering from chronic hip pain and joint dysfunction. If you're wondering whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, consult with an experienced orthopedic specialist.
The orthopedic team at Total Joint Specialists at the nearest office in Midtown Atlanta, Alpharetta, Braselton, Canton, Cumming, Gainesville, Lawrenceville, Sandy Springs, or Woodstock, Georgia welcomes you as a patient. Call or schedule online today to make your appointment.