HIP REPLACEMENT

  • Hip replacement surgery is a treatment for pain and disability in the hip. Osteoarthritis is the most common reason for hip replacement surgery.

  • Osteoarthritis causes loss of joint cartilage in the hip. Damage to the cartilage and bones limits movement and may cause pain. People with severe pain from a degenerative joint disease may not be able to do normal activities that involve bending at the hip. These activities include walking and sitting.

  • Other forms of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis that results from a hip injury can also damage the hip joint.

  • Hip replacement may also be used to treat certain hip fractures. A fracture is an injury often from a fall. Pain from a fracture is severe. Walking or even moving the leg causes pain.

  • If other medical treatments don't control your arthritis pain, your healthcare provider may recommend a hip replacement.

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