How do I know if I need a total hip replacement?
If you have tried nonsurgical treatments and are still experiencing hip pain or if your pain is preventing you from performing normal daily activities, then you may want to discuss a total hip replacement with your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider can assess your current diagnosis and determine if a total hip replacement is a good option for you and your lifestyle.
How old is the average patient that has a total hip replacement?
Most patients who undergo total hip replacement surgery are between the ages of 50-80 with the average patient being over 65 years old (3).
How will I benefit from a total hip replacement?
After surgery and rehabilitation, the benefits of a total hip replacement may include:
• Reduction in joint pain and stiffness
• Greater range of motion
• Increased hip stability
How long will my hip replacement last?
Roughly 90-95% of patients who have a total hip replacement can expect to have their hip functioning normally at 10 years, and nearly 85% of patients can expect to have their hip functioning normally at 20 years. The implant can loosen or experience wear based upon the lifestyle of the patient and the demands on the implanted joint (4).
Will my hip replacement set off metal detectors?
It is unlikely, but possible, that your hip replacement will set off a metal detector. To take precaution, alert the appropriate security staff that you have a hip replacement.
Do I need to take precautions to protect my hip replacement?
To protect and extend the life of your hip replacement you may want to:
• Participate in light exercise to maintain proper strength and mobility
• Avoid falls and injuries
• Do not complete dental work within the first three months after surgery
• Alert all doctors, including dentist, that you have a total hip replacement
• Complete routine follow-up examinations with your healthcare provider
Can I have an MRI after my hip replacement surgery?
An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a diagnostic tool that can be used for many types of medical conditions, including orthopedic problems. After your hip replacement surgery you will not be able to have a clear MRI of your hip implant. If an MRI is needed, you can have an MRI completed on other parts of your body, but you will want to be sure to alert the MRI personnel about your hip implant.
What type of excercises/activities should I avoid after my hip replacement?
It is best to avoid any exercise that will cause impact to your joint replacement. Consult your surgeon to determine which activities you should avoid, and if you can introduce new exercises or activities during your rehabilitation period.
How can I find a local surgeon that performs total hip replacement surgery?
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