Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Are you a candidate for hip replacement surgery?

If you’ve been experiencing chronic hip pain and your quality of life has been impaired, then you may be in need of a hip replacement surgery.

Here are some things you should know about total hip arthroplasty, also known as hip replacement surgery:

  • Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis and other causes can wear away the cartilage that provides the cushioning for the ball and socket of the hip. This lets the bones rub against each other, which leads to hip pain and stiffness that can be unbearable. 
  • A total hip replacement consists of removing the damaged parts of the hip and replacing them with artificial components. 
  • Thankfully, hip replacement surgery has a high success rate, allowing a patient to return to most activities after surgery without pain. 
  • Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of hip pain and damage. This is the “wear and tear” arthritis that many of us get as we get older. 
  • The decision to undergo hip replacement surgery is a long journey of managing pain and discomfort while trying conservative treatments such as cortisone injections or arthroscopic procedures. 
  • Candidates for hip replacement surgery experience hip pain that limits their everyday activities, like walking or bending over. The hip pain continues when they are sitting or lying down. They may experience stiffness in the hip that limits their ability to move their leg, and they haven’t found adequate relief from anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy and walking supports. 
  • Patients who undergo hip replacement surgery will find that the surgery relieves them of most or all pain. They will be able to return to the activities that were once uncomfortable or painful, including walking. They will want to avoid high-impact activities, including running or certain sports. 
  • Most hip replacements last 15 years or longer. It’s important to lead a healthy lifestyle to help prolong the results.

After patients undergo hip replacement surgery, their most frequent comment is that they shouldn’t have waited so long to have it done. If you are plagued by chronic hip pain and are wondering if a hip replacement would be right for you, call 707.544.3400 to make an appointment.

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