Hip Replacement

Severe pain which does not let you sleep or awakes you in mid of your sleep is a big sign which hints out for a total hip replacement surgery Other medical conditions which may lead to hip replacement include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, developmental dysplasia of the hip or even a simple hip fracture.

Speaking about the hip joint, it is composed up of a ball-and-socket joint. It is made up of bone and cartilage where the ball is the top of the thighbone, also known as the femoral head.

Hip replacement operation is used to reinstate the injured ball-and-socket with unique and long-lasting artificial synthetic parts that simulate the ball-and-socket. In most of the cases, the socket of the hip or the thighbone is injured or becomes infected which results in pain, trouble in walking, or difficulty with daily tasks. There are many instances when pain relief methods such as medications, physical therapy, supports, or braces may not work out.  If the pain doesn’t recede, your physician may prescribe hip replacement surgery.

Who Needs a Hip Replacement?

Hip joint replacements occur within the age group of 50 and 80. These operations are normally conducted for arthritis of the hip. Arthritis is a disorder that tears down cartilage. Without cartilage, the bones grind against each other, which result in harsh pain.

A hip replacement is recommended when suffering from either of three types of arthritis:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis — an autoimmune disease that commences to joint swelling
  • Traumatic arthritis — harm to the joint caused by an injury
  • Osteoarthritis — a degenerative form of arthritis impacts usually in old age

Doctors normally try to manage arthritis pain with the use of walkers or canes, a low-impact exercise program, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. If these criteria fail, a hip joint replacement is the only solution.

When is hip  Replacement surgery is suggested?

A hip joint replacement procedure is generally suggested when you can’t sleep or sit comfortably because of the pain, or if your arthritis restricts your movements. When there is a tumor growth in the hip joint or an emergency has occurred leading to fracture in the hip joint or the thighbone, hip replacement is generally suggested.  Avascular necrosis of the hip also calls for total hip replacement therapy.

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