Your hips make it possible for you to sit, stand, and walk. When a fall or age-related disease causes your hips to fail, it may be time to consider total hip replacement surgery. At Orthopaedic Associates in Albany, Georgia, the highly trained surgical team offers on-site hip replacement services to improve functionality and alleviate pain. If you’re ready to get back to doing the things you love, schedule a consultation for total hip replacement surgery online or by phone today.
A variety of injuries and diseases can reduce the efficiency of your hip, making it difficult for you to stay physically active or even walk without pain.
When pain and disability are serious enough to interfere with your life and other treatments aren’t effective in treating the cause of your hip issues, you may be a candidate for total hip replacement surgery.
Conditions that may be right for surgery include:
Your Orthopaedic Associates provider can determine if you’re a candidate for surgery after a careful review of your medical history and your current symptoms. Typically, people over the age of 50 are considered for surgery, but if you’re younger than that and have considerable pain not relieved by other treatments, you may qualify.
Typically, a total hip replacement involves removal of the damaged joint bone and surrounding cartilage. The surgeon then places prosthetic parts into the hip, which act like a natural joint. Any damaged cartilage they take out is replaced with a metal socket to ensure hip functionality.
You receive general anesthesia for surgery and can expect to spend the first part of your recovery, a day or two, in the hospital for observation.
Recovery time after hip replacement surgery varies from person to person. In general, you can expect that your doctor will tell you to get plenty of rest for the first three weeks after surgery. You may need to arrange help at home, especially if you live alone, to protect you from falls.
Within six weeks of surgery, you may need to start physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles around your hip and increase your flexibility. The more mobile you become, the easier it is for you to return to your usual activities.
Your Orthopaedic Associates surgeon can discuss your expectations for recovery during your initial consultation, based on your need for surgery.
As you continue to recover, you can expect a noticeable improvement in your pain level and hip functionality. Hip replacement can provide long-term relief of these issues and help you regain your independence.
Learn more about the benefits of total hip replacement surgery by calling Orthopaedic Associates today or use the online booking feature to schedule a consultation.