What is a Hip Replacement?
September 26, 2018
Hip replacement is the surgical procedure of replacing the arthritic hip joint with the hopes of relieving pain and improving function in patients with end-stage arthritis of the hip.
Arthritis refers to the wearing away of the cartilage layer lining the ends of the bones causing increased friction, inflammation, pain, and restricted motion. Hip replacement surgery has been shown durable, reliable, and reproducible at relieving pain and improving function. Because of the positive impact on the quality of life following surgery, it was even proclaimed the operation of the century by the renowned medical journal Lancet.
Only you and your doctor can tell if you are a candidate for hip replacement surgery, but following successful replacement surgery, a strengthening program of the hip and gluteal muscles will help recovery and gait.
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