When a Hip Replacement is needed
A hip replacement is a common type of surgery. A damaged hip joint is replaced with an artificial one. This is known as a prosthesis.
Adults of any age can be considered for a hip replacement. Most are carried out on people between the ages of 60 and 80.
Artificial hip joints are designed to last for at least 20 years. Most people experience a significant reduction in pain. They get some improvement in their range of movement.
Hip replacement surgery is usually needed when the hip joint is worn or damaged. Your mobility is reduced and you experience pain even while resting.
The most common reason for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis.
Other conditions that can cause hip joint damage include:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- a hip fracture
- septic arthritis
- ankylosing spondylitis
- disorders that cause unusual bone growth (bone dysplasias)