Hip replacement surgery is usually necessary when the hip joint is worn or damaged to the extent that your mobility is reduced and you experience pain even while resting. The most common reason for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis. Other conditions that can cause hip joint damage include rheumatoid arthritis, hip fractures, septic arthritis, aknylosing spondylitis and disorders that cause unusual bone growth (bone dysplasias).
Adults of any age can be considered for a hip replacement, although most are carried out on people between the ages of 60 and 80. A modern artificial hip joint is designed to last for at least 15 years. Most people experience a significant reduction in pain and some improvement in their range of movement.
- Assessing hip problems
- Avascular necrosis of the femoral head (also osteonecrosis)
- Labral tear
- Muscle strains around the hip and pelvis
- Metal-on-metal (MOM) pain
- Lumbar (low back) pain referred to the hip
- Post-operative care
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Trochanteric bursitis