If you are in pain and find yourself dealing with damage to your hip area caused by arthritis, injury, or fracture, you may have questions about hip replacement surgery – a viable consideration when nonsurgical treatments, such as medication or lifestyle changes are not effective. If you would like to know more, here is a look at some of the top questions about hip replacement surgery:

What is hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement is a surgical procedure which removes a painful or damaged hip joint. The hip joint is then replaced with an artificial prosthetic, effectively relieving symptoms and restoring movement to the joint.

What does this surgery involve?

Prior to the procedure, you will receive anesthesia to minimize your discomfort. Damaged cartilage and bone will be removed from your hip joint, and the artificial replacement will be placed into your joint, restoring its movement. The hip joint consists of a ball and socket, which are both replaced and and cemented into the joint. An artificial replacement is usually made of metal, plastic, or ceramic.

What conditions does hip replacement surgery treat?

Hip replacement surgery can help adults suffering from various degenerative conditions, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Who would be a good candidate for this surgery?

There are no strict age or weight restrictions for hip replacement surgery. However, hip replacement surgery is more common among adults between the ages of 50 and 80. Commonly, patients who are in need of this surgery are experiencing hip pain or stiffness that interferes with their daily activities.

Would a hip replacement be right for you?

If you are considering having hip replacement surgery, the best way to determine if the procedure is right for you is to speak with Dr. James Shapiro. Dr. Shapiro will be able to determine your candidacy by evaluating your medical history, your specific needs, and if the surgery will benefit you.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shapiro.