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When Is Hip Joint Replacement Surgery the Best Option? Atlanta, GA
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Hip joint replacement surgery, also known as total hip arthroplasty, is considered the best option for individuals with severe hip pain and disability that significantly impacts their quality of life and has not responded to conservative treatments. This procedure involves replacing the damaged or diseased parts of the hip joint with artificial implants, restoring function and reducing pain. Below are several scenarios in which hip joint replacement surgery may be the best option and recommended by our orthopedic specialists at Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians.

Progressed Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for hip joint replacement surgery. This degenerative joint disease occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down over time, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. When conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy, interventional pain treatments and lifestyle modifications fail to provide adequate relief, hip replacement surgery may be recommended to alleviate symptoms and improve function.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation of the synovial lining of the joints, including the hip joint. Over time, this chronic inflammation can lead to cartilage damage, joint deformity and severe pain. Hip replacement surgery may be necessary for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis who experience persistent hip pain and disability despite medical management and other conservative treatments.

Avascular Necrosis

Avascular necrosis, also known as osteonecrosis, occurs when the blood supply to the hip joint is disrupted, leading to the death of bone tissue. This can result in severe pain, joint deterioration and collapse of the hip joint. Hip replacement surgery may be the best option for individuals with avascular necrosis who have advanced disease and are experiencing significant pain and disability.

Hip Fracture

Hip fractures, particularly those involving the femoral neck or the top of the thigh bone, can significantly impair mobility and function. In many cases, hip replacement surgery is necessary to repair the fractured hip joint and restore stability and function. This procedure is often recommended for older adults with hip fractures who are medically stable and able to tolerate surgery.

Congenital Hip Disorders

Certain congenital hip disorders, such as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) or hip dysplasia, can lead to abnormal hip joint development and early onset of osteoarthritis. Hip replacement surgery may be considered for individuals with congenital hip disorders who experience persistent pain, stiffness and functional limitations that impact their daily activities and quality of life.

Hip joint replacement surgery is often the best option for individuals with severe hip pain and disability that has not responded to conservative treatments. Whether caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, hip fracture, or congenital hip disorders, this procedure can effectively alleviate pain, restore function and improve quality of life for many patients. If you are experiencing chronic hip pain and have not found relief from other treatments, consult with an orthopedic surgeon at Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians to determine if hip replacement surgery may be appropriate for you.

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