Arthroplasty : Hip replacement Relieve Pain

When an injury or disease affects the hip joint’s normal functioning, it can result in pain and limited mobility. Several hip replacement approaches can relieve your pain and restore the hip’s function. Learn what a hip replacement is and the types of treatments a hip specialist offers to help you perform everyday movements without pain.

What Is a Hip Replacement?

A hip replacement — or arthroplasty — is a surgical procedure in which the diseased parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with artificial parts called a prosthesis. These parts mimic how a normal hip works and can be made of plastic, metal, ceramic, or a combination of these materials. The goals of hip replacement surgery are to improve the hip joint’s function and improve mobility by relieving pain.

The most common reason people have a hip replacement is the wearing down of the hip joint due to osteoarthritis. Other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, and bone tumors may also lead to a breakdown of the hip joint and the need for hip replacement surgery. Additionally, athletes who engage in high impact activities — like running or contact sports — are more susceptible to hip degeneration, making a hip replacement the best treatment option.

Do You Need Surgery? Your doctor may encourage you to try alternative options before suggesting a hip replacement i