Only a qualified surgeon can determine if you're a good candidate for total hip replacement and which technique will work best for you.
Hip replacement surgery, whether traditional or anterior approach, is performed to help decrease pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life. It may be recommended if other treatment methods, such as exercise, walking aids or medication, are not effective. High-impact activities, including tennis, basketball and jogging, should be avoided after surgery. Instead, patients can walk, swim or ride a stationary bicycle to increase muscle strength and improve cardiovascular health without injuring their new hip. You will need to discuss your specific situation and rehabilitation with your surgeon.
Typically, candidates for hip replacement will experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain while putting weight on the affected joints.
- Limping to lessen the weight-bearing pressure on the hip.
- Hip pain or stiffness during walking or other impact activities.
- Failure to respond to nonsurgical treatments or pain medication.
Additional treatments such as medication, physical therapy and cortisone injections are often prescribed before deciding surgery is necessary.