Hip Replacement Surgery

Who Should Go Under The Knife?

about hip replacementsAfter many years of daily activity, our hip bones have the utmost potential to become brittle or diseased. The NHS offer hip replacement surgery (or arthroplasty as it is known within the industry), to remedy patients with this problem within the UK. If you opt to receive surgery at one of the many private hospitals, The whole surgical procedure will cost anywhere between £7500 and £13500 depending on the span of bone to be replaced. Artificial parts integrated into the hip are called the prosthesis. Hip replacement surgery benefits include; increased mobility, improved function of the hip joint and most advantageously, pain relief.

People suffering with hip problems will encounter numerous difficulties with a multitude of normal daily activities such as walking and even sitting down may cause abnormal aches and pains within the hip area. These people are all appropriate candidates for hip replacement surgery. The most common origin of damage to the hip bone is caused from Osteoarthritis. Other existent conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis. Fractures and bone tumors also result in weakened and deteriorated hip joint structure.

Up until recent years, doctors and surgeons reserved the judgement that hip replacement ideally be an option for older people over the age of 60 years old. However, it is now realised that the operation can be just as successful in younger people. The artificial parts that are implanted are now capable of withstanding the stress put under them from daily activities of a younger person.

The success of hip replacement surgery depends greatly on a persons’ general physical health and activity engagement; exercise is an all important factor in determining the outcome. Obviously the more active the person, the more chance of lasting benefits post-surgery.

Age is of course an important factor but not necessarily the major factor. Hip troubles can affect anyone of any age, for example; people who suffer from chronic disorders such as Parkinsons’ disease or conditions that cause mass weakness in the muscles. These people are unfortunately many times more likely to dislocate or damage an artificial hip than people without chronic diseases. This will also affect recovery rate after the operation, possibly affecting the ending result also. All of these factors must be taken into consideration before a patient is marked as suitable for surgery. In this, as in many other cases, prevention is better than cure. Studies show that those who opt for hip replacement prior to advanced bone deterioration generally see better quality of life in the long run.

By Sam Hurley Junior Digital Marketing Consultant at FDC studio

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