When patients are dealing with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, or osteoarthritis, many joints throughout the body can be impacted. Patients may deal with a variety of issues that may impact their quality of life, including difficulty walking, pain, and stiffness when their hips are damaged from these issues. In most cases, a doctor will try to help a patient minimize problems with their joints with physical therapy, medications, or other methodologies. However, if patients continue to experience issues with their hip joints, they may be recommended for hip replacement surgery.
Do I need hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery is a procedure performed by an orthopedic surgeon to replace the parts of the hip that are impacted by their condition. At Orthopedic Associates of Long Island, our providers will consider the least invasive way to perform this procedure and reduce recovery time after the procedure. Replacing the hip or hip joints can improve hip function, reduce a limp, and help patients get on the move again after their condition has slowed them down.
The point at which a patient considers hip surgery varies depending on the severity of their condition and how much it is impacting their day-to-day life. Here are a few questions to consider when determining if hip replacement surgery is right for you:
- Is my condition impacting my ability to perform everyday tasks including walking?
- Have other nonsurgical treatments, such as prescription medication, failed to work?
- Do I have preexisting major medical issues that impact my ability to obtain surgery?
- Have I been diagnosed with a condition that is known to impact the hip and hip joint?
- Do I have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with hip replacement surgery?
- Do I need a full hip replacement or just a partial hip replacement?
Do you think it’s time for hip replacement?
Make an appointment with the team at Orthopedic Associates of Long Island to discuss your needs. WE have seven locations throughout the areas of Long Island and can help at any one of our convenient practices. New and current patients can call our main office line at (631) 689-6698 to book their consultation visit and determine if they are a good fit for this procedure.