Hip replacement surgery is a relatively common procedure among older adults, who frequently suffer
from hip pain and immobility. Through this procedure, wear and tear on
the hip joint is repaired with prosthetic parts that replace the natural
bones and cartilage. By replacing the hip’s key components, surgery
can create a path to a pain-free lifestyle with an active daily routine.
Hip replacement can eliminate the damage of osteoarthritis
The most likely reason for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis, a
condition in which the cartilage covering the ends of the bones breaks
down. When there is little or no cartilage in the joint, the bones grind
together, leading to
persistent pain and inflammation. Because cartilage is not a self-repairing tissue like muscle or bone,
it cannot be restored after a certain level of damage has taken place.
Therefore, hip replacement surgery may become necessary to create smooth,
pain-free movement in the joint.
There are different types of hip replacement surgery
Not all hip replacement surgeries are the same. In fact, many patients
have success with anterior hip replacement, which involves a much smaller
incision than traditional total hip replacement procedures. This type
of hip replacement preserves more of the muscle and tendon tissue to facilitate
a more rapid recovery with less pain overall.
Hip replacement is not right for all patients
While hip replacement can be highly beneficial for some individuals, it
is not right for everyone. People with thin bones, for example, may not
have success after hip replacement, because their bodies are unable to
heal sufficiently with the prostheses in place.
Most hip replacements last 10-20 years
One factor to consider before surgery is the lifespan of prosthetic hips.
With an active lifestyle and good habits, a hip replacement can last more
than 20 years, though some patients may need follow-up surgery in as soon
as 10 years. For that reason, you should carefully weigh the risks and
benefits of surgery with your orthopaedic surgeon and discuss alternative
treatments before deciding on surgery.
If you are suffering with hip pain in your daily life,
schedule a consultation with Dr. Mukund Komanduri or Dr. Ryan Pizinger at MK Orthopaedics in Joliet
to explore all of your treatment options. You can request an appointment
with us on our website or call (815) 741-6900 to see one of our specialized