Most people have a hip replacement because the cartilage (or cushioning) between the bones in their hip has worn away. This causes the bones to rub against each other, which then causes pain and stiffness in the hip.
The pain might be keeping you awake at night. It may be causing you to cut back or stop doing your normal, everyday activities. You may have tried other treatments like medicine and exercise, but the pain and stiffness didn’t get better or got worse.
A hip replacement means that the damaged hip joint is taken out and replaced with parts made of metal, plastic and metal, or ceramic and metal. The pain should stop or be much less. Your hip should have more movement with the new parts.
There are 3 types of hip replacement surgery. Your surgeon will tell you which type you need.
There are many types of hip replacement parts. The type you need depends on the condition of your hip, your age, weight, and the activities you like to do. Your surgeon will speak with you about the type that’s best for you.
While hip replacements are usually safe, there are some risks. Your surgeon and healthcare team will talk to you about the risks. Some of the risks of surgery and what’s done to decrease them are listed below:
Current as of: March 23, 2017
Author: Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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