Top Reasons to Consider a Hip Replacement

Various bones in your hip region can suffer damage from a fall, arthritis, or other issues. This can lead to pain and limited range of motion. Surgery may sometimes be used to improve your quality of life. When you have hip replacement surgery, your surgeon replaces the damaged or worn-out sections with artificial implants. Here is what you need to know about this procedure.

Why You Should Consider a Hip Replacement

You may need a hip replacement for several reasons, including:

  • Arthritis: You could have hip arthritis in the form of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. If the arthritis degraded the joint too much, a hip replacement could remove most, if not all, of the pain from arthritis.
  • Osteonecrosis: This condition happens when parts of your bones die because of decreased blood supply.
  • Fractures: If you break your hip from a fall, you may need a hip replacement, especially if the hip is broken in such a manner that doctors can’t repair it so you don’t have any pain later.
  • Bone Disease: If your hip bones are affected by bone disease, replacing the hip removes the diseased bone and the hip pain caused by bone disease.

Replacing the hip often results in increased mobility, making it easier for patients to get around.

What Are the Components of a Replacement Hip?

A replacement hip is made of various artificial pieces that work together to ensure your hip functions normally. The artificial pieces may be made as follows:

  • A metal or ceramic ball with a plastic socket
  • A ceramic ball with a ceramic socket

Your doctor will determine which materials will work best for your specific circumstances to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome.

Where to Find Hip Replacement in Stamford, CT, and New York, NY

Dr. Alexander S. McLawhorn performs over 600 joint replacement procedures each year. He uses the latest technology, techniques, and implants to help patients in Stamford, CT, and New York, NY, achieve their goals for recovery. Schedule a consultation to find out whether a hip replacement will provide you with the relief that you need. To arrange a consultation at our New York office, call 212-606-1065 or call our Connecticut office at 203-705-2113.

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