Hip pain can make even the simplest movements, such as sitting, feel like a burden. The hip joint is the largest joint in the body, and bearing all of that force means it will start to deteriorate over time.
Suppose you have exhausted other options, such as physical therapy. In that case, your doctor may recommend a hip replacement as the best option for you to regain the ability to get back to everyday life and move around pain-free again.
What Is A Hip Replacement?
Patients can receive either a total hip replacement or a partial hip replacement. Total hip replacements are the most common type for people with common causes such as arthritis. However, a partial hip replacement may be a better option if you have suffered an injury such as a fracture.
A partial hip replacement is performed by replacing only the head of the joint and continuing to use the body’s original socket. This is why a partial hip replacement is often a better option for those with an acute injury who don’t have underlying issues such as arthritis.
A total hip replacement is performed by replacing the whole joint, both the head and the socket, with an artificial joint with metal, ceramic, or rigid plastic.
What Makes Me A Candidate For A Hip Replacement?
The first thing someone will usually notice when they're having issues with their hip is a great deal of pain and a loss of motion. The pain usually becomes intense, and you may find it challenging to perform daily activities or even just to sit or sleep.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, your doctor will usually exhaust more conservative options such as physical therapy, injections, medication, and exercise before proceeding with a hip replacement.
After these treatments, your doctor may decide that it is time to consider a hip replacement and will likely have you meet with an orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation. It is important to note that people with other severe health conditions may not be good candidates for hip replacement. Overall, fitness plays a crucial role in your recovery from the surgery, so your doctor may decide that you’re eligible for a hip replacement if you have other problems, such as obesity, chronic muscle weakness, or other complications, such as heart failure.
What Should I Expect When Recovering From A Hip Replacement?
Your overall health is critical in your recovery from hip replacement surgery. Generally speaking, relatively younger patients in better health will recover much more quickly.
Physical therapy will be the most critical factor in your hip replacement recovery and will begin within 24 hours of surgery. Physical therapy plays a significant role because it is essential to start strengthening your hip to support your new joint.
You will work with a physical therapist to monitor progress, set new goals, and perform exercise routines to continue your recovery. You will likely need to abstain from high-impact sports that will accelerate the deterioration of your new artificial joint.
While most people will be doing well around three months, you will likely continue to see improvements up to a year after surgery. While the recovery process may require time, patience, and persistent hard work, it’s essential to keep the end goal in mind; having the freedom to live the active lifestyle you deserve without debilitating pain.
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