If you suffer from severe hip pain due to injury, age, or arthritis, your physician may recommend hip replacement surgery. This surgery has relieved many people’s hip pain and restored their mobility.
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.
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.
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.
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: