Who is an ideal candidate for a hip replacement?

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.


Hip replacement is a surgical option to deal with the pain of arthritis or the damage from a traumatic or degenerative injury that does not respond to other treatment options. Hip replacement surgery aims to relieve pain, increase motion and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.

Chippenham Hospital orthopedic surgeon Jesse Torbert, MD, shares what he discusses with a patient who is considering hip replacement 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.

You need a hip replacement when you have debilitating arthritis in the hip, suggests David Miller, MD, of John Randolph Medical Center. Watch this video to learn what causes arthritis in the hip.

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.

Dr. Vonda Wright, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

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 to 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.

Dr. Steven B. Warren, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

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.

Dr. Joseph R. Locker, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

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.

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.

An ideal candidate for a hip replacement is a person who has a painful hip that usually causes severe groin pain, limping, limitation in motion and loss of function. Hip replacement surgery is used to treat bone on bone arthritis of the hip. Arthritis of the hip has various causes, namely osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, hip impingement, avascular necrosis and trauma. Hip replacement surgery is over 90 percent successful in significantly improving pain and function associated with hip arthritis.

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Bone & Joint Injuries

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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