Asking Your Doctor About a Hip Replacement

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016 in Orthopedics

Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which a doctor surgically removes a painful hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components.

The procedure should relieve the pain and make walking easier.

How do you know when you need a hip replacement?

If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. Your hip may be stiff, and it may be hard to put on your shoes and socks. You may even feel uncomfortable while resting.

If medications, changes in your everyday activities, and the use of walking supports do not adequately help your symptoms, you may consider hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can relieve your pain, increase motion, and help you get back to enjoying normal activities.

First performed in 1960, hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful operations in all of medicine. Since 1960, improvements in joint replacement surgical techniques and technology have greatly increased the effectiveness of total hip replacement. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States.

The orthopedic surgeons at Signature Medical Group keep up to date with the latest procedures in hip surgery. Often, they can perform a muscle sparing, minimally invasive hip replacement in which patients can get back to a normal routine much quicker than with a total replacement.

Having hip pain? Call or request an appointment online today with one of our orthopedic specialists in St. Louis or Kansas City.