Attention Hip Pain Sufferers-Read this Before Having Hip Replacement Surgery
Most US doctors are quick to offer the solution of hip replacement surgery–primarily because that’s what they’ve been doing for 40 years and they don’t do anything else. Well, there is new technology out of Europe that has given us an alternative to hip replacement surgery. It’s call hip resurfacing.
European doctors have been performing hip resurfacing surgery for about 10 years now. It has come to the US only in the past 3 years. The good doctors in America are the ones who went to Europe for training.
Hip resurfacing is not for everyone. It’s not recommended for people with:
- Impaired kidney function
- Known metal hypersensitivities
- Large areas of dead bone (avascular necrosis)
Be sure to consult your orthopedic surgeon about the feasibility of this type of surgery. However, if you live in a small town, you may have to travel to a larger city to get a really qualified opinion. With the help of the internet, you can do a lot of research on this topic before making a decision.
The reason I’m such a proponent of hip resurfacing is for this reason: if you are young and they take your hip bone out with a hip replacement, there will be less and less bone available for future surgeries. Hip replacements tend to last approximately 20 years, on the generous side.
What happens if you got bad equipment and need a revision in 3 years then you need another replacement in 15 years. If you are 40 with your first replacement, that means by the time you are 58 you are looking at another replacement. Plus another 15 years, puts you at 73 needing another but with less and less bone in your leg to work with. Life expectancy is higher than 73 years of age these days and I know many highly active 73 year olds. How active do you think you can be after 3 hip replacements? Get my point?
With a resurfacing, they never even touched your femur. It’s all there if you need further surgery, revisions or otherwise. It’s a great place to start if you must have surgery.
Now, there are things you can do before you are faced with surgery and I will talk about that too.
Wishing you Hip Happiness & Health.
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- Shorter Hospital Stay After Hip Replacement Surgery (arthritis.webmd.com)
- Shorter Hospital Stays, More Readmissions After Hip Replacements (nlm.nih.gov)
- Study finds decrease in length of hospital stay after hip replacement, but increase in readmissions (physorg.com)