When arthritis affects the joints in your body, it often causes pain in your hips. The hips bear a lot of your body weight and are responsible for much of your movement. So, when arthritis damages the cartilage in the hips, it can be painful and challenging to do physical tasks like standing up, walking, running and jumping.
If you have arthritis that’s affecting your hips, your doctors have probably tried treating it with conservative methods like physical therapy and injections. However, these treatments are not always effective and, at best, may only treat the symptoms of your pain. Fortunately, orthopedic surgeons can perform total hip replacement surgery to treat arthritis in the hips in ways these other treatments cannot.
Three benefits of total hip replacement surgery
When conservative treatments aren’t producing results or when your arthritis is too severe for conservative treatments, your doctor may recommend total hip replacement surgery. This procedure is beneficial for your hips in several ways, including:
- Less pain — Your primary goal in seeking arthritis treatment is likely to reduce pain. Total hip replacement surgery replaces the damaged bone in cartilage in your joints with artificial material. This artificial joint material glides smoothly, which should feel better than the grinding that was taking place in your arthritic joint. There will be an initial period of recovery that may include some soreness and discomfort, but once you’re fully recovered, you should notice a reduction of pain in your hip.
- Improved range of motion — Replacing the damaged joint with a smooth, artificial one can improve your range of motion. After recovering, you should be able to resume most daily activities. Running, jumping and other demanding activities may still be too challenging, but you should be able to live independently and enjoy less demanding activities.
- Long-term results — The artificial joint in a total hip replacement surgery can last for 15 to 20 years. Many patients who undergo this surgery do not require further surgical treatment until the end of this period.
Visit the Florida Spine and Joint Institute today for total hip replacement surgery
Hip arthritis makes it difficult to live your life the way you want to live it. Our orthopedic surgeons at the Florida Spine and Joint Institute can help you restore your quality of life with total hip replacement surgery. Contact our team today for more information about total hip replacement surgery or call us at (866) 588-1997 to schedule an initial appointment.