If a deteriorating hip joint or two is causing constant pain and threatening your ability to work, play and walk, a 2-lb. a piece of titanium and ceramic can change your life. While hip replacement in Louisiana is a major surgery with weeks of recovery, nearly 300,000 total hip replacements take place in the U.S. each year.
Is it right for you? Following are 10 things to consider prior to making a decision.
- You can just say “no” to disability. Arthritis, trauma and degenerative disease can lead to excruciating hip problems. As disease, pain and disability progress to the point where people can no longer perform activities of daily life, that’s when hip replacement should be carefully considered and discussed.
- Hip replacement in Louisiana is not just for seniors. Many people think of hip replacement as a procedure that is just meant for seniors. And it’s true that fractures from osteoporosis are more likely to occur in older adults, but people can have osteonecrosis in their 20s and 30s.
- Choosing an orthopedic surgeon for the procedure. When planning for hip replacement, the top two things you need to choose are the hospital and the surgeon. You want a specialist in hip and knee replacements rather than a generalist. It’s important to conduct preliminary research by looking at how many procedures the surgeons have performed and for how long.
- Pick a tried-and-true solution. There’s a wide range of prostheses available to surgeons, made up of combinations of materials including metals such as titanium or chrome, ceramic, and plastic. The majority have a track record that would suggest very long survivorships and a high rate of success, so choose one with a proven track record.
- Make an incision decision. When it comes to incisions, the newer option is the anterior (frontal) hip approach, but there have been no definitive studies showing that it’s better. Many patients report that recovery is quicker and there’s less muscle damage with the anterior approach.
- Concentrate on one hip replacement in Louisiana at a time. If both hips are bad, it’s not wise to get them replaced at the same time. Doing so presents a much higher risk of blood clots, and other medical complications are a little higher than they should be.
- Surgery or construction project? Hip replacement surgery typically takes anywhere from one to three hours. The two-part prostheses are either attached to the bone with epoxy cement or with mesh that bone can grow into.
- Out of the OR. Hip replacement in Louisiana requires anesthesia, and patients spend an hour or more in the recovery room where surgery is performed. But after that, the rest period is typically over.
- When it’s time for recovery. Most patients feel pretty good by about six to eight weeks after surgery. But, it’s still a major operation and patients won’t be back at work next week. Patients have to restrict some of their activities for a period of time.
- The hip replacement doesn’t come with a lifetime warranty. Hip replacements typically last about 15 to 20 years. As research continues, future joint replacements are expected to last six or seven decades.
- They’re not designed for running. Eventually, hip replacements can feel so natural that patients may forget they even have them, but it’s not really as if they’re back in their 20s, active as ever. This is not a joint designed to really go running on – it’s primarily to get rid of pain and improve the patient’s quality of life.
If medical solutions aren’t working to ease your hip discomfort, you may be wondering if an artificial hip could help. Why wonder? Call our office today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your goals and available treatment options.