Hip replacement is one of the most common surgeries performed by orthopedic surgeons. In the United States, more than 285,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed each year. At the Intermountain Healthcare Orthopedic Specialty Group, we have several hip replacement surgeons who have had specialized training and many years of experience.
Why Have Hip Replacement Surgery?
Patients who undergo hip replacement surgery have typically suffered a recent hip injury, such as a fall or other accident. If this is the case, physical activity become very difficult and painful, and even resting may cause significant discomfort. However, injuries are not the only cause of hip replacement surgery.
Similar pain may be caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in your hip. If the pain becomes unbearable or is forcing you to turn down activities you would otherwise participate in, you might want to consider hip replacement surgery as an option.
As with any surgery, it is always best that you talk to your doctor about non-surgical treatment for your hip pain. Your primary care physician can prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs and walking supports to help reduce pain.
If you and your doctor have tried several non-invasive, non-surgical methods, hip replacement surgery may be the best option for you.
How Does Hip Replacement Surgery Work?
When you have hip pain, the reason is usually that the cartilage and other tissues around the hip joint are either inflamed or are degenerating. Cartilage and tissues serve as cushions for your hip joint and you will likely experience significant pain if they are not functioning properly.
During hip replacement surgery, the damaged bone and cartilage is replaced by a prosthetic hip joint. The prosthetic is meant to work in the same way that a healthy hip joint would, and, after some physical therapy and healing time, you should once again have the ability to perform physical activity without pain.
If you are interested in hip replacement surgery, talk to one of our hip replacement specialists by calling our office.