Hip pain, joint stiffness, and reduced mobility: You don’t have to live with these symptoms of osteoarthritis. If hip pain is keeping you from enjoying your life and the activities you love, it may be time to consider hip replacement surgery.
During hip replacement surgery, doctors replace the diseased or damaged hip with an implant consisting of a stem, ball, liner, and socket. There are several kinds of hip replacement surgery, but the goal of all of them is to provide long-term relief from pain and increase mobility—so you can return to an active lifestyle with less pain.
Am I too young for a hip replacement?
Many people think they’re too young for hip replacement surgery. Or they think they should wait as long as possible. It’s important to know that hip replacement is generally related to need, not age.
Plus, today’s advanced techniques and technologies have revolutionized hip replacement surgery, allowing more arthritis patients to consider treatments at an earlier stage (and age). While there’s a higher chance that younger patients may need to undergo a second hip replacement later in life, the improvements in quality of life may make it worthwhile.
Am I ready for a hip replacement?
Only your orthopedic surgeon can decide if hip replacement is right for you. And only you can decide if you’re ready for it.
For a lot of people, being ready starts with learning more about it. You can learn more about hip replacement surgery from DePuy Synthes, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. On their site, you can read about the different surgical technique options, as well as hear stories from others who have experienced hip replacement surgery.
You should also talk to your doctor to find out if hip replacement surgery is right for you.
You might also be interested in reading When to Talk to Your Doctor About Hip Pain.