How To Learn About Hip Replacement Surgery

If you have severe arthritis pain in your hip that is interfering with your normal activities, you may be a good candidate for hip replacement surgery. This is a very common procedure that replaces the rough or diseased surfaces of bone at your joint area with a smooth implant. While the surgery may be painful, many people have found the results well worth it and have been able to resume an active lifestyle following the recovery period.  

Here are some ways to find out more:

  1. Talk to your doctor about what to expect with hip replacement surgery. Some questions to ask include: how long will the surgery take, what kind of pain should I expect with the procedure, what does the recovery involve and how long will the results last?

  • Read up online about the latest hip replacement options. Do a keyword search for "hip replacement surgery" and browse some of the top results to get a quick overview.  There you can find many helpful sites, including Mayo Clinic and National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
  • You can also visit http://ehipreplacement.com/ for a directory of some websites related to hip pain and treatment alternatives, or http://hip-replacement.big.com for links to more about the latest developments in the field.
  • Sign up a seven-week e-course on hip replacement surgery at http://orthopedics.about.com/c/ec/17.htm. The type of information you will learn includes the reasons behind hip replacement surgery, possible treatment alternatives to consider, what the procedure will be like and what to expect for the recovery process.
  • Ask your doctor whether a mini hip replacement surgery would be a good option for you. This is a hip replacement procedure that is minimally invasive, but in some cases may not be as effective as other hip surgeries.
  • Read up online or at your local bookstore about possible complications that can occur with hip replacement surgery so you can be prepared for the risks.
  • Understand that hip replacement surgery is not a permanent solution. Over time, the implant can wear out. When this occurs, you will need a repeat hip replacement, or "revision," which can be more complicated.
  • Be aware that in addition to hip replacements wearing out, they can also loosen up. This condition is called osteolysis. If this happens, you will need a hip replacement revision, which corrects the problem.
  • Find out more about advances being made in hip replacement options and see if - or how - these changes could benefit you in the future.
  • Connect with other patients who have undergone hip replacement surgeries and learn about their personal experiences at http://orthopedics.about.com.
  • Ask your doctor if he or she can put you in touch with other patients who have already been through the experience so you can get some advice from them on how to prepare and what to expect during the recovery process.
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