“How long do I have to live with a painful hip joint?” “In the past year it has been getting worse. I no longer enjoy walking.” “Can anything be done to help me?” These are just a few of the thoughts expressed to me by patients during my orthopedic clinic.
In my 25 years of performing hip replacements I’ve seen some amazing advances in the technique for the surgery of the hip, the design of the implants and the results patients can expect from their new hip.
One of the most frequently asked questions is: “When is it time for me to have my hip replaced?”
The way I counsel patients is to consider three factors.
In my opinion all three of these factors need to be present to confidently recommend going forward with a hip replacement. If this is the case you can expect a very good outcome from your surgery.
Question: “What is the surgery experience of having a Total Hip like?”
Typically you are admitted to the hospital the day of surgery. The operative time is usually one to two hours. For my patients I insist they get up and walk the same day as the surgery, usually about 6 hours after they return to their room.
Question: “Where is the incision for my new hip going to be?”
Question: “After the hospital where do I go?”
Question: “What kind of activities can I do after my hip is healed?”
Back to the original question, “How long do I have to live with a painful hip?” My recommendation is to get x-rays and have a discussion with an orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience in doing Hip Replacements.