Hip replacement, also called hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to address hip pain. The surgery replaces parts of the hip joint with artificial implants. The hip joint consists of a ball (at the top of the femur, also known as the thigh bone) and a socket (in the pelvis, also known as the hip bone). Hip replacement surgery includes replacement of one or both parts. The goal of the procedure is to allow you to resume daily activities and exercise with less pain.
Who Can Benefit from A Hip Replacement?
Your doctor may recommend hip replacement if you have significant pain, inflammation and damage to your hip joint due to conditions such as:
. Osteoarthritis (most common)
. Rheumatoid arthritis
. Osteonecrosis (avascular necrosis)
. Injury such as hip fracture
. Tumor in the hip joint
How do you know if you need a hip replacement?
When your quality of life suffers due to hip pain, it may be time for hip replacement. Signs of declining quality of life include:
. Inability to get restful sleep because of pain
. Difficulty doing simple tasks such as getting dressed or climbing stairs
. Inability to fully participate in the activities you enjoy
At first, your doctor may recommend other treatments such as medicine for pain or inflammation, walking aids, joint injections and physical therapy. If these measures do not relieve pain and stiffness, hip replacement surgery may be necessary to restore function and improve quality of life.
Three Reasons to Avoid Hip Surgery When Possible
If you have arthritis that affects your hip, your doctor may have mentioned to you that surgery is an option. However, there are several good reasons to avoid hip surgery when possible, and there are a lot of treatments that can be tried before you opt for surgery. Here are a few reasons you should avoid hip surgery when possible.
If you have hip replacement surgery, you will have three to six weeks of downtime before you will be able to return to normal activity. If you are still employed or working, this downtime can be detrimental to your lifestyle and finances. Although you will be able to get on your feet right away, you will not be moving normally for several weeks.
Return to Activity
If you have advanced arthritis and have not been active because of it, it will be much harder for you to resume normal activities after hip replacement surgery. The surgery only replaces the hip joint. It does not strengthen the tendons, ligaments, and muscles that support the joint. If you have not been active because of your hip pain, having a hip replacement surgery will not automatically get you back to the activities you enjoy.
Although they only affect about four percent of patients, there are possible complications to hip replacement surgery. As with any surgery, there are risks. About four percent of patients have a serious complication such as a joint infection. About 12 percent of patients will require a second surgery to replace the joint again or make corrections to the joint.
If you have been suffering from hip pain and want to avoid surgery, we can help. With a combination of physical therapy, stem cell treatments, and PRP treatments, we can help you strengthen your joints and stop arthritis in its tracks.
About Iranian Surgery
Iranian surgery is an online medical tourism platform where you can find the best orthopedic surgeons in Iran. The price of Hip replacement surgery in Iran can vary according to each individual’s case and will be determined by an in-person assessment with the doctor.
For more information about the cost of Hip replacement surgery in Iran and to schedule an appointment in advance, you can contact Iranian Surgery consultants via WhatsApp number 0098 901 929 0946. This service is completely free.