When Should You Undergo Hip Replacement Surgery?

Since it was first introduced in the 1960s, hip replacement surgery in London has proven to be one of the most effective surgeries in modern medicine. Because of this, it’s likely that you’ve come across someone who’s undergone the surgery, or you’re thinking of enquiring about it yourself. If it’s the latter, then it’s not always clear when you should begin looking into the procedure.

Therefore, we’ve put together a few things that will point you in the right direction and help you decide if surgery is right for you. Remember, if you’re unsure then you should book a consultation with a qualified surgeon.

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Quality of life

The normal hip joint is made up of a ball (fermoral head) and socket (acetabulum). Both of these sides are lined with articular cartilage. If any of these parts are damaged, interfering with your ability to carry out daily activities, then you may qualify for hip replacement surgery. Common conditions that may cause this type of damage are Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteonecrosis, sudden trauma, fracture, or bone tumours.

Nowadays, doctors no longer just reserve hip replacement surgery for people over 60 years of age. This is because technological advancements mean that the artificial parts now used are able to withstand more stress and strain for longer. Therefore, overall health and activity levels are more important than age when determining whether someone qualifies for the surgery.

Lack of Mobility

If you are limited in your range of movement because of hip pain, then you may qualify for joint replacement surgery. This is because the operation has proven to ease movement, meaning people are able to manoeuvre their hips better.

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When you May not Qualify

There are some health problems that may interfere with the surgery. Therefore, if you have Parkinson’s disease or an illness that results in severe muscle weakness, it’s important to book a consultation to see whether you would qualify. This is because people with these conditions are more likely to damage or dislocate an artificial hip joint. Certain medical conditions particularly those affecting the heart and lungs may also prevent surgery. Your GP can advise or we would be happy to assess you to see if you would be fit for surgery.

If your pain is affecting your daily routine and you can’t seem to ease it, then it’s time to speak to a medical professional. Here at Joint Replacement Surgery, Miss Samantha Z. Tross is an experienced Orthopaedic surgeon who will be able to advise you on whether hip replacement surgery in London is the right option for you.

If you have any doubts about whether you qualify, then it’s important to speak to a professional to see what help you can get. For more information and to book a consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 07943 947 639 and a member of our team will be more than happy to help.