Non-surgical options to treat hip pain and limited motion may include medications, injections or physical therapy. In cases where arthritis limits everyday activities, or pain continues while resting, your doctor may recommend hip replacement.
Hip replacement surgery
Hip replacement surgery replaces the diseased and damaged parts of the hip joint with specially designed metal and plastic "ball and socket" parts. It replaces cartilage that has worn away over the years. Hip replacement patients are benefiting from advances in surgical techniques, such as smaller incisions, and new technology. Stronger implant materials like metal, ceramic or combined metal and durable plastic, are increasing joint longevity.
Most hip replacement patients begin standing and walking with help the day after surgery and spend no more than five days in the hospital. Recovery varies with each person, but it's important to follow your surgeon's instructions for home care, particularly the exercise program you're given.
Many patients can resume most normal light activities, including driving, four to six weeks after surgery, with complete recovery in three to six months.
Bilateral replacement - The Hospital of Central Connecticut also offers bilateral procedures for patients needing both hips replaced to remove diseased and damaged hip joint parts and worn cartilage.
Hip resurfacing, now offered at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, is not a total hip replacement since it conserves more bone by reshaping parts of the hip to accept partial implants.
It's an especially attractive option for younger patients since it provides a more natural feeling and offers a better range of motion than traditional implants.
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