When to Consider Hip Replacement Surgery

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If you’re suffering from persistent hip pain, your doctor will likely recommend several non-invasive treatment options before considering surgery. However, in some instances, patients require hip replacement surgery to achieve relief from debilitating hip pain. 

Hip replacement surgery involves removing the damaged hip joint and replacing it with an artificial joint. Artificial hip joints are made of durable titanium or cobalt-chromium alloy, along with strong, wear-resistant plastic. A hip replacement will restore the full range of motion in the hip.

It may be time to consider hip replacement surgery if:

Hip Pain Affects Your Daily Activities.

If your hip pain makes it difficult to carry out basic daily activities, such as walking, climbing stairs, grocery shopping, and bending over to put on your shoes, it may be time to consider hip replacement surgery. An artificial hip will restore your ability to function throughout the day. 

Pain Medications, Physical Therapy, and Other Conservative Treatments Have Failed To Offer Relief. 

If you haven’t experienced hip pain relief from pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, epidural steroid shots, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes, it may be time to undergo hip replacement surgery. Doctors may recommend a hip replacement for patients who continue to experience pain after six months or more of conservative treatment. 

You’re Experiencing Mental Health Concerns. 

Chronic hip pain may start to impact your mental health on a daily basis. If you frequently feel irritable or are experiencing symptoms of depression stemming from hip pain, a hip replacement could be a good option for you. 

The Hip Joint is Significantly Damaged or Deformed. 

If your hip joint is damaged or deformed, hip replacement surgery could be beneficial. Waiting to undergo hip replacement surgery could lead to worsened damage, making the joint more difficult to repair. 

To learn more about hip replacement surgery and the benefits that it could offer for your quality of life, schedule a consultation at Hernando Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery today.