Hip replacement surgery has become an extremely common surgery performed in the U.S. and the number performed every year continues to increase. Since 2000, the number of replacements has increased by 92% in patients over 75 years of age. But the idea that joint replacement is reserved for seniors is outdated. The number of hip replacements increased by 205% for patients age 45-55. With better healthcare access, people are living fuller and longer lives. As we live longer, we are more likely to experience conditions that require joint replacement. While every patient is unique, here are four types of people who need a hip replacement:
1. Those with Genetic Arthritis
The most common condition that leads to hip replacement is arthritis. Arthritis is a common condition that leads to the deterioration of the articular cartilage in the hip. Eventually,bit causes the hip to become bone on bone and painful. As families have more children, more people are inheriting genes that cause them to have conditions that could require hip replacement.
2. Victims of a “Hip Stroke”
Another condition that can lead to hip replacement is avascular necrosis. Avascular necrosis is like a stroke to the ball of the hip and leads to death of the bone within the ball of the hip joint. This leads to deterioration of the bone and joint of the hip and causes severe pain.
3. Dependents on Pain Medicine
If a person has gotten to a point where they feel they need pain medication to function then surgery should be considered. Pain meds should never be used to delay surgery, and can be detrimental to your long-term health.
4. Very active or extreme athletes
Extreme sports are on the rise, with a chance to become the most-watched sports programming by 2020. Participating in these activities can lead to injury or repetitive trauma that can cause the eventual need for hip replacement.
The telltale sign you need a hip replacement
Only the person who suffers from pain in their hip can ultimately decide when they are ready to have a hip replacement. Most people tend to put off hip replacement too long and usually say “I wish I had done it sooner”. But once the pain has progressed to the point where you are limiting your activity or are avoiding things you once loved to do, it is probably the right time to proceed with hip replacement.
I usually tell people, “This time of your life can be some of your more active years and you only have so many years left on this planet. Why suffer with pain when you could have hip replacement surgery and be pain free? You can get back to doing all those things you couldn’t do before!” Hip replacement surgery isn’t as hard to get over as it used to be especially when hip replacement is performed by anterior approach.
Dr. James Loging is a is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and the first physician to perform anterior hip replacement surgery in South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Loging or anterior hip replacement, visit DrLoging.com. The content of this page should not be used as a substitute for medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment.
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