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Who Should Have Hip arthroplasty?
Written by John Taylor   
Do you know what hip replacement is? Not too many people do until they are faced with the possibility of having to have it or they know someone who has had it or needs it. Hip replacement is also known as arthroplasty. It is a surgical procedure where doctors will remove and replace any diseased parts of the hip joint with artificial parts. The artificial parts are also referred to as prosthesis. The reason for hip replacement surgery is to help improve your mobility by getting rid of the pain and improving the function of your hip joint.

Who should have hip surgery?

The main reason that people have hip replacement surgery is because the hip joint can wear down over time and this can result in osteoarthritis. Other conditions that can lead to a breakdown of the hip joint and may require hip surgery are: rheumatoid arthritis, which is an inflammatory disease that can be joint pain, stiffness or swelling, avascular necrosis or the loss of bone that comes from an insufficient flow of blood, injury, and bone tumors.

In most cases, before the doctor will suggest surgery they like to try other treatments first to make sure that the problem can’t be treated in another way. They use surgery as a last resort when nothing else is working because they know how major of a surgery it is to have hip replacement done. They will probably start out with walking aids like a cane or non-surgical therapies like medication and physical therapy. The therapy doesn’t always work relieving hip pain and improving the function of your hip joint. When you have pain that is persistent and it starts to interfere with your daily life than the doctor will more than likely tell you that you need to have a hip replacement operation. Before they operate they will take x-rays so they can see where the joint pain is located.

In the past, hip replacement surgery was primarily available for anyone that was over the age of 60. Older people are not as active as young people and they tend to put less strain on an artificial hip than the younger generation. It has been discovered in the last few years that hip replacement is very successful in young people also. More important than age in determining how well the hip replacement will take is your health and activity level before you had surgery. It is different for each person depending on the type of lifestyle they lead.

There are some people that may not qualify to have this type of surgery because of other problems that they are experiencing such as, severe muscle weakness or Parkinson’s disease. People who have this problem are more prone to damaging a hip or getting a hip dislocation of an artificial hip. Doctors may not recommend that you have surgery if you have other conditions because you are at a higher risk for infections and you will not recover as successfully as other people would. You need to make sure that you tell your doctor about any other conditions that you have so that they can determine the best way to treat your hip problems.

There are alternatives to surgery that your doctor will try with you if you have another condition and they think it is best not to have surgery. You just need to make sure that you find out what all your options are before you have surgery. The more you know the easier it will be to have hip replacement surgery. So do some research and find out everything you can about this type of surgery and talk to your doctor to see what they recommend.
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