Who is an ideal candidate for a hip replacement?

Dr. Vonda Wright, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Total hip replacement is one of Orthopaedic Surgery's most successful procedures relieving patients from pain and returning quality of life. The indications for hip replacement include osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis of the hip joint, significant pain and inability to perform your normal job or recreational activities. On average hip replacements last 10-15 years and surgeons would prefer to wait until past middle age to perform this surgery. Today, however, the thought has shifted to offer hip arthroplasty to patients with significant arthritis, pain and dysfunction even if they are in their 40's and 50's as this preserves their ability to continue being active and prevents the ravages of sedentary living.
Robert M. Thornsberry, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
In this video, Robert Thornsberry, MD, of Coliseum Medical Centers, explains how hip replacement surgery and rehabilitation can be the right solution for those suffering with arthritis in their hips.
An ideal candidate for hip replacement is someone who has pain when performing activities of daily living and has tried more conservative options such as physical therapy; medications such as acetaminophen, nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs and oral steroids; and steroid injections without adequate relief of pain. Sports activities are no longer an option for the ideal candidate, and even certain sitting, sleeping and sexual activity positions can be painful.
Robert J. Otto, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
You should consider hip replacement if you have bone-on-bone arthritis and nonsurgical treatments have not helped your symptoms, causing a significant deterioration in your quality of life.
Fred C. Redfern, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The decision to do a hip replacement comes after less invasive treatment, says Fred Redfern, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he says that doctors document more conservative treatment before performing hip replacements.
Steven B. Warren, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
People with worn out hips who have tried alternative treatments make ideal candidates for total hip replacements, according to Steven Warren, MD, specializing in orthopedic surgery at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Joseph R. Locker, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Almost anybody can get a hip replacement. In this video, Joseph Locker, MD of Ocala Regional Medical Center explains what might make a hip replacement more difficult, and how today’s technology makes this surgery available to nearly anyone.

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Bone & Joint Injuries

Often caused by falls, trauma, or injury, bone and joint injuries can sometimes be serious enough to require surgery. A broken bone can occasionally puncture your skin, causing intense pain. If you suspect that you have a broken b...

one, you will need medical treatment right away. In serious cases, pins, screws, and plates are placed into the body to stabilize the bone and help it heal. Joints connect our bones, and joint injuries can often occur in the elbows and knees. To reduce your risk of joint injury, stay healthy. Staying at a healthy weight and keeping your muscles strong and fit reduces the wear and tear on your joints.
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