What to Know Before Replacing Your Hip

Considering a Hip Replacement? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you’re living with hip pain and have tried non-surgical treatments—like painkillers, physical therapy, and injections—without relief, it may be time to consider hip replacement surgery.  But before you make that decision, there are many important factors to consider.

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Learn about two innovations in minimally invasive hip surgery and see which one could be right for you.

What “Minimally Invasive” Really Means When It Comes to Hip Surgery

Hip replacement surgery is a well-established procedure that can greatly reduce pain and improve mobility. In 1940, the first surgeon in the US performed a metallic hip replacement in South Carolina. Since that first surgery, medical advances have made the technique easier on patients and has improved recovery time by reducing the trauma to the patient’s body during the procedure.

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If you have muscle and joint pain in your hip, here's what you need to know about the make up of your body.

Muscles and Bones: The Make Up of Your Hip Joint Pain

Various muscles, bones, and tendons make up your hip joint. When one or more of these parts is damaged or worn down, muscle and joint pain in your hip can occur.

Pain and stiffness in your hip results from injuries or deterioration of the bones, muscles, and tendons that are part of this joint. By taking a closer look at the different parts of this joint, you can have a better understanding of what might be causing muscle and joint pain and what potential treatment options may help you.

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Signs That It’s Time for Hip Replacement Surgery

When non-surgical treatments stop relieving your chronic hip pain, or your pain reaches debilitating levels, hip replacement surgery may be the best option to relieve your discomfort, restore your mobility and improve your quality of life.

Hip pain is an increasing problem for many seniors in America. After time over-the-counter pain medications can lose their efficacy and chronic hip pain can quickly escalate—often requiring prescription medications, physical therapy, and the use of canes or walkers to aid mobility. If your pain is severe and debilitating, it is time to do something about it.

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hip surgery recovery, recovering from hip surgery in Arkansas

4 Things You Need to Know About Recovering From Hip Surgery

If you are among the 15% of people over age 65 suffering from chronic hip pain, your surgeon may recommend hip replacement surgery. Active participation during the hip surgery recovery process will help your body heal and increase your mobility.

After hip surgery, you will likely stay in the hospital for one to three days, or until you regain enough mobility to stand and walk short distances. With careful planning, the right surgical team, and a solid physical therapy program, you can recover fairly quickly from hip surgery. You can make the hip surgery recovery process much more comfortable by taking a few key preparatory steps:

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