Total Hip Replacement

Is hip replacement surgery for you?

A Total Hip Replacement is for patients who have severe pain and stiffness in the hip.

You may benefit from hip replacement surgery, if:

  • Your hip pain is severe
  • It limits your movements and activities such as walking and climbing stairs
  • It affects your ability to look after yourself such as showering, putting on shoes.
  • The pain is present at night and at rest
  • You have tried non-surgical alternatives without success
Stable Intertrochanteric Fracture
Xray of the Pelvis.
The Right Hip has been affected by Osteoarthritis

What are the alternatives to surgery

Surgery may be necessary if your symptoms are severe. There are however some alternatives to surgery which may help with the symptoms caused by the hip problem. These include:

  • Pain killers – such as paracetamol.
  • Anti-inflammatories – these medications can be harmful if used long term and you should discuss the use of these medications with your doctor before starting.
  • Physical aids – such as walking sticks or frames.
  • Physiotherapy – exercises to improve muscle strength may help with mobility and reduce pain.
  • Weight loss – being over weight can make your hip pain worse. Loosing weight can help reduce pain and also lead to better results if you have the operation.

What are the benefits of Hip replacement surgery

A hip joint replacement is usually a very succesful operation and will help to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Improve mobility: You should be able to move about more freely after your hip operation.
  • Improve your quality of life: With less pain and better mobility, you be able to carry out your daily tasks more easily.

What can you expect to be able to do after a hip joint replacement?

It is important to understand what a hip replacement can and cannot do before deciding to have the operation.

After the hip replacement operation, most patients are able to return to gentle exercise such as:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Golfing
  • Dancing
  • Bike riding (gentle riding)

High impact sports are not recommended after a hip replacement. These activities can place too much stress on the hip and lead to early wear and tear of the hip replacement. High impact sports which are not recommended include:

  • Running
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Martial arts
  • Squash
  • Water skiing / down hill skiing
18 April, 2014