Hip Replacement Surgery

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Published on October 11, 2018

Hip Replacement Surgery

Photo of person holding hip due to pain

How do you know if you need hip replacement surgery?

hip replacement surgery, pain in the hip, hips pain when walkingHow do you know if it’s time for a hip replacement? Many people wait too long to have joint surgery, and wish they would have had the surgery earlier in life. How would you answer the following questions?

  • Do you limp with each step, on one side or both?
  • Do you feel pain just walking around or going up and down stairs?
  • Do you have lingering pain in your hip and groin area that is a result of arthritis or an injury? Does it keep you awake at night?
  • Have you tried anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, or tried cortisone shots?
  • Are you currently going to or considering physical therapy?
  • Are your activities, such as skiing or bicycling, limited or non-existent due to pain?

If you answered yes to two or more questions above, it could be time to see an orthopedic surgeon. Most people feel better right away and can get back to their normal activities within weeks or months after the surgery.

“If you are a candidate for hip surgery and undergo a successful joint replacement, you’ll be able to regain much of your quality of life after you take the time to recover properly,” explained Bindesh A Shah MD, orthopedic surgeon with PIH Health Physicians. “You’ll be able to regain aspects of your life that have been missing for years. The pain in your joint that you’ve lived with for years will be greatly reduced or alleviated completely.”

How to alleviate my pain in the hip

In considering this surgery, it’s important to have a doctor examine you to make sure the pain you experience is truly related to that area, and not caused by lower back or knee issues. Your age, overall health and lifestyle habits are also factors that your doctor will consider before recommending surgery.

“While surgery is not automatically the answer to this pain, it is a helpful and life-changing option for those who need it,” concluded Dr. Shah.

According to the Mayo Clinic, an estimated 2.5 million Americans have undergone a total hip arthroplasty (THA) and are living with implants. The importance of this is knowing that you’re not alone. So don’t put life on hold any longer. Schedule a consultation today. Visit Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or call 714.879.3400.

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