According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 300,00 total hip replacements are performed in the United States alone. A person’s hip could be damaged from arthritis, a fracture, or another condition. You may try medication, adjusting your everyday activities, or even begin using walking supports to alleviate your pain. When these options do not work, reaching out to an orthopaedic surgeon and consulting on a total hip replacement may be the next step you need to rid yourself of chronic hip pain.
In a total hip replacement, also called total hip arthroplasty, Dr. Kyle will remove your damaged bone and cartilage and replaced with prosthetic “ball and socket” components. These components could be metal, ceramic, or plastic, and they will restore the alignment and function of your hip.
One very important part of recovery is exercise. Although it will be modified, you will begin first walking inside, then outside, and performing specific exercises designed to strengthen and increase function in your hip. So long as you follow the post-operative instructions given, most people can resume their normal, light activities three to six weeks after surgery.