According to a press release by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, information about hip replacement, including reasons to have the surgery, how to prepare for and recover from it, and ways to avoid complications has been added to NIHSeniorHealth.gov, the health and wellness website from the National Institutes of Health. To learn more consumers can visit the NIH site at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/hipreplacement/whoneeds/01.html.
Hip replacement surgery is most commonly used when patients have pain and disability from osteoarthritis of the hip, which occurs when cartilage is damaged, causing bones to rub together. “Osteoarthritis of the hip can lead to severe pain and stiffness, impairing one’s ability to function normally,” said Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
“Surgery of any type involves risk, and older adults might understandably be hesitant about having hip replacement surgery, according to Dr. Katz. “But if less invasive treatments such as medications and physical therapy have not helped, hip replacement has proven to be an effective way to relieve pain and restore function.”
“Older adults considering hip replacement surgery would benefit greatly from reading this new addition to NIHSeniorHealth,” adds Richard J. Hodes, M.D., director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), which collaborated on the topic with NIAMS. “It is an excellent source of information about the surgery itself, as well as the pre- and post-operative phases of the procedure.”
If you have had hip surgery in the past and you are experiencing problems with your metal on metal hip device, please contact our office at 1(800)995-6991.