After the knee, the hip is the second largest weight-bearing joint in your body. Needless to say, it’s important to take care of it well. Depending on your situation, total hip replacement surgery may be the best option to provide you with the chance to live an active, pain-free life. But how will you know if you really need surgery? Here are a few common causes of hip pain that are often best addressed through a joint replacement procedure.
Three Reasons That Total Hip Replacement Surgery Might be the Best Option for You
Surgery to replace the hip may be required if you have any of the following conditions...
1. A Serious Hip Fracture
When the upper part of the thigh bone breaks, it is referred to as a hip fracture. This type of injury usually occurs due to a fall or a moment of direct, forceful impact. However, hip fractures can also happen in patients with osteoporosis. Once the bone is initially broken, there is a greater risk of experiencing fractures in the hip again in the future. For patients whose first fracture is a very bad break or for those who are prone to repeat fractures, joint replacement surgery may be recommended.
2. Severe Arthritis
Inflammation is the culprit here. Arthritic hips are usually stiff, painful and unstable. If you are experiencing a dull, aching pain in the groin, buttocks or upper outer leg, you are probably suffering from arthritis in your hip. If the arthritis - and the pain - is severe enough, total hip replacement surgery may be the best option to relieve pain and give you the option of getting back to a healthy, active life.
3. Degeneration Due to Repetitive Wear and Tear
This occurs when cartilage between the bones of the hip joint becomes worn so badly that a patient is experiencing pain from bone rubbing on bone. This causes a form of arthritis and can become a source of major, constant pain. The hip is an important joint for basic movement and for weight bearing. When degeneration
compromises its function, the hip may need to be replaced with prosthetic parts.
Making Plans for Your Procedure
Deciding to have total hip replacement surgery is a big deal and here at Rothman Institute, we know that. We work with thousands of patients every year through our partnership with Jefferson to offer the quality care and expertise needed to address patients’ hip problems. When you decided to have your hip surgery done by a Rothman physician
, you’re getting the following benefits:
- Access to a specialist in the field of hip procedures
- The latest in diagnostic tools and surgical techniques
- An unequaled commitment to research
- The confidence that comes with proven, positive outcomes
- High quality, comprehensive care that you deserve
As a leader in orthopedic medicine and specifically in joint replacement procedures, Rothman Institute is proud to confidently welcome new patients and take on each new challenge. We’ve been serving patients for over 40 years and each year, we complete over 4,000 successful hip surgeries. Why would you even consider going anywhere else? Call us today at 1-800-321-9999 and make an appointment to begin preparation for your total hip replacement surgery.