Hip Replacement (Total Hip Arthroplasty)
Sometimes it’s necessary for people to consider the benefits of a hip replacement when day to day tasks become difficult.. Over 80,000 hip replacements are performed each year in the United Kingdom, making this type of procedure relatively common.
Over time, hips can be damaged by arthritis, fractures and even old injuries can affect the quality of life, making simple tasks like walking, standing up and getting out of bed difficult and painful. This can make everyday life extremely distressing. Hip surgery should be considered when;
1. The hip has limited movement and there is stiffness in the joint that prevents the leg from lifting.
2. Walking, bending and other everyday activities are painful.
3. Pain continues even when no pressure is applied or when the hip is being rested.
Normally a doctor would recommend a course of pain relief before suggesting a hip replacement. The most common cause for hip pain is arthritis:- Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and any congenital or other abnormalities.