Signs You're Ready For Hip Replacement

Signs You Need (Or Don't Need) A Hip Replacement

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Your surgeon can help you decide if the time is right for hip replacement.. John Fedele / Getty Images

A total hip replacement is a major surgery, and therefore deciding to have the procedure done is a big decision.   Not only does the surgery involve the risks of surgery, having anesthesia, and going to the hospital, but there is also a rehabilitation time that follows.  Depending on the type of surgery, and the condition of the patient having surgery, rehab can last several months.

Signs You're Ready For Hip Replacement

Here are some signs to look for to help you decide if the time is right, or not right, for hip replacement surgery:

  • You have hip/groin pain that keeps you awake, or awakens you, at night.
  • You have hip pain that limits activities necessary to go about your daily activities (getting up from a chair, climbing stairs, etc.).
  • You have hip pain that limits activities that give you pleasure (walking for exercise, traveling, shopping, etc.).
  • You have tried other treatments for months or longer, and you still have persistent hip pain.

There are many other factors you and your doctor must consider prior to surgery, including age, overall health, and bone density, but the list above will give you an idea when you should begin to consider hip replacement surgery.

Signs You Are Not Ready For Hip Replacement

  • Your hip pain does not limit normal activities.
  • Your symptoms are improving with less invasive treatments (medications, activity modification, etc...).
  • You have not tried simpler treatments.
  • You are only limited from performing activities such as running or skiing.

    Patients who fit these criteria usually need more effort at treating their hip pain with more conservative measures.

    What Next?

    If you get to the point where you are ready for hip replacement, the next step is to sit down with your doctor and discuss the plan for getting you ready for surgery.  Careful planning will lead to a smoother process, a better outcome, and less likelihood of possible complications.

      There are a number of step that patients have to take prior to surgery, and your surgery, and his or her staff, will help assist you making these preoperative arrangements.

    Most often patients will meet with not only their surgeon prior to a hip replacement, but also their primary doctor, and any specialists they regularly see for management of chronic conditions.  Many hospital have patients come to the hospital to meet staff including nursing and physical therapy.  Often arrangements for post-surgical treatment will be made prior to having your procedure. 

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