hip replacement

It is estimated that more than 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, which is the breakdown of cartilage and bone   in the joint. While this can be related to sports and overuse, especially in younger people, aging is the most common cause of this condition. Osteoarthritis often leads to pain, stiffness and decreased mobility.

Some patients are able to effectively manage these symptoms through a combination of exercise, medication, and targeted injections to relieve inflammation and strengthen the supporting muscles. When these methods no longer offer relief, it may be time to talk to an orthopedic specialist about hip replacement surgery.

Hip replacement is one of the most commonly performed elective surgeries today. It’s also one of the highest for post-surgical patient satisfaction, as patients are usually able to bounce back and resume the activities they love very quickly. Even patients with osteoporosis, who are at increased risk for bone fractures, can get a hip replacement performed safely, though additional considerations are taken and sometimes a special implant is used to decrease fracture risk.

The surgery involves removing the damaged cartilage and bone, and replacing them with durable implants made from a combination of metal, plastic and ceramic. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, over 400,000 hip replacements are performed every year in the United States.

Timing is everything when making the decision to have joint replacement surgery.

Today, the average hip replacement lasts several decades. You don’t want to go through the surgery too young, but you don’t want to wait too long, either. Waiting until the damage is severe can hinder your ability to bounce back as quickly – and with the best possible results. Also, people who are unable to maintain an active lifestyle due to hip pain are at higher risk for conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as weakening of their muscles.

Choosing the most advanced care for your surgery.
Today, advanced technology such as the MAKO Robotic Arm-Assisted System used at White Plains Hospital, has been a game-changer for many people who are on the fence about surgery. Robotics allow surgeons to perform extremely precise hip replacements, offering patients less pain and faster recovery times.

How to know when to take the next step toward surgery?

1. Your X-rays show significant joint damage
2. You avoid doing the activities you enjoy
3. You’ve tried everything, but nothing relieves the pain
4. Your quality of life has deteriorated

No one should have to suffer from chronic pain. Talk to your doctor to see if joint replacement surgery is the right choice to help you get back to an active lifestyle.

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