A hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the diseased parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with artificial parts. The goal of hip replacement is to allow you to move easily with less discomfort.
When hip pain severely limits your ability to walk, or perform even simple activities, hip replacement should be considered.
There are a number of conservative measures your physician may suggest before you consider hip replacement. This includes anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections and physical therapy. Hip replacement is only recommended after all other treatment methods have failed to adequately relieve your symptoms.
The average hospital stay for a hip replacement patient is around 3-4 days. Patients having surgery on Monday typically go home on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.
Recovery varies with each individual. You will use a walker for approximately 2-4 weeks after the operation. You will quickly progress to a cane. Most people gradually increase their activities and play golf, doubles tennis, go bike riding, hiking, swimming and dancing, within 12 weeks after surgery.
The success rate, elimination of pain and return to function, is very high for total hip replacement-98 to 99%.
The results of modern cement less hip replacement are extraordinarily good (98% short term success, and over 90% still working at 20 years!). Many will last the full lifetime of the recipient, depending on the age of the patient. Others, particularly in very young and active people, will have some wear or loosening in time that will require revision surgery. We are recommending TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT in younger patients now because the results have been very good.