Hip replacement surgery is an invasive orthopedic procedure where the damaged hip bone along with some soft tissue and muscle is removed and replaced with an implant. The operation relieves pain and improves movement helping patients resume their normal daily activities.
If you have hip pain, hip replacement surgery is not usually the first course of action. In this video Dr. Dan Albright from the Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic in Raleigh, NC discusses what you should do before considering surgery.
There are signs a patient may experience that indicate hip arthritis or an impaired hip joint which should be treated by hip replacement surgery.
Hip replacement surgery will keep you in the hospital for only a few days, but when you get home, the second part of your recovery begins. A regular exercise regimen is vital to help prevent complications (like blood clots), improve motion of the hip and help you gradually return to normal day-to-day activities.
Which time of year is the best time to have total hip replacement surgery?