Who is a candidate for hip surgery?

No matter what the cause is, dealing with chronic hip pain can be seriously disruptive to your ability to lead a normal, active life. Besides the pain itself, the reduced mobility and function can make it difficult to get things done around the house, spend quality time with loved ones or even get a good night’s sleep.

Hip surgery can become a serious consideration if other treatments have been fully explored and you are still dealing with debilitating pain. If you have been recommended for any type of hip procedure, it’s essential to fully explore your options and understand the full scope of the treatment process. By learning more about who is a candidate for hip surgery, you can reduce the anxiety that so often surrounds this decision and be more engaged with your care providers.

Exploring conservative treatments before hip surgery

Nonsurgical treatments can very often be effective for treating hip pain and improving range of motion, which is why most doctors recommend patients fully explore them before considering surgery. Conservative treatment options for hip pain include:

  • Over-the-counter and prescription medications, including anti-inflammatory meds and analgesics
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation to improve strength and range of motion in the area
  • Anti-inflammatory injections
  • Hot and/or cold compression to increase blood flow, relieve pain and reduce inflammation in the hip

Hip surgery may be recommended if patients have fully explored these options for a period of weeks or months without finding the relief necessary to engage in the activities of daily living.

How to know if you need hip surgery

Arthritis is the most common condition that patients who undergo hip surgery have been diagnosed with. In particular this means osteoarthritis, which is age-related breakdown of cartilage that causes increased bone-on-bone contact. This increased friction and stiffness can lead to pain and reduced range of motion in the hip.

Other conditions that can be treated with hip surgery include:

  • Hip fractures
  • Bone tumors in the hip
  • Osteonecrosis

To determine if a person is a candidate for hip surgery, common risk factors must first be assessed. Certain patients have a higher risk for complications during the procedure or during the recovery phase. These include people with hip infections, people who are seriously obese and people who smoke.

Infections of the hip must be fully treated before you can be considered for surgery. If you have a body mass index over 40, a weight loss plan must be followed before becoming a candidate. People who smoke are strongly recommended to follow a smoking cessation plan due to the high risk of developing pneumonia during the recovery process.

Determining if you are a candidate

For people in severe pain who have been recommended to undergo hip surgery, the experts at Phoenix Spine & Joint will be happy to review your condition and treatment history to determine if you’re a good candidate for hip surgery. You can expect to discuss your symptoms and how they are affecting your everyday activities while our expert reviews your diagnostic imagery and other information. This will allow him or her to determine if one of our minimally invasive outpatient procedures can help you find the relief you deserve.

Contact our caring and dedicated team today to learn more.


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