Raulerson Hospital provides comprehensive orthopedic treatment options that cater to the individual needs of our patients. While medication, physical therapy, and injections can often ease joint pain for many people, those with advanced joint deterioration may require more extensive treatment. Hip replacement surgery can give recipients a second chance to enjoy the quality of life they once had without arthritic joint pain. If you are thinking about getting hip replacement, the following questions and answers can help you better decide if it is the right procedure for you.
Why should I consider hip replacement?
Arthritis typically becomes more difficult to manage with conservative treatment measures. If the medication, healthy diet, and exercise that once controlled your joint pain no longer offer the lasting relief you desire, you may be the ideal candidate for hip replacement. If medical imaging reveals extensive cartilage or bone damage, surgery may be the best choice for removing diseased tissue and introducing functioning artificial replacements.
What happens during hip replacement surgery?
The goal of hip replacement surgery is to restore healthy function to your damaged joint. To do so, the orthopedic surgeon must first remove the sections of cartilage and bone that no longer perform as needed. Once the diseased structures are gone, the surgeon can then introduce artificial components that once again enable movement and range of motion.
How can hip replacement improve my quality of life?
Mild arthritis may cause pain only when you engage in strenuous activity. However, advanced joint damage can produce pain when you attempt even simple actions such as walking, sitting, or lying down. Such obstructions to your mobility can then limit your independence and life satisfaction. Hip replacement surgery can eliminate your pain and allow you to once again enjoy life as you did without the hindrance of chronic discomfort, stiffness, and inflammation.
Would you like to learn more about the hip replacement process? Call (888) 725-3918 to speak with a registered nurse. Our nurses are available around the clock to answer your questions and direct you to the appropriate orthopedic professionals.