Hip Replacement

Hip replacement (total hip arthroplasty) is surgery to replace a worn-out or damaged hip joint with an artificial joint (prosthesis) often made from metal and plastic components. This surgery may be a choice after a hip fracture or for severe pain because of arthritis, and is done when all other treatment options have failed to provide adequate pain relief.

The most common reason for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis. Other conditions that can cause hip joint damage include:

  1. rheumatoid arthritis
  2. hip fracture
  3. septic arthritis
  4. disorders that cause unusual bone growth (bone dysplasias)

You may be offered hip replacement surgery if:

  • you have severe pain, swelling and stiffness in your hip joint and your mobility is reduced
  • your hip pain is so severe that it interferes with your quality of life and sleep
  • everyday tasks, such as shopping or getting out of the bath, are difficult or impossible
  • you’re feeling depressed because of the pain and lack of mobility
  • you cannot work or have a social life

If your hip hurts, don’t ignore it, remember prevention is better than cure.

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