How To Know When It’s Time for Total Hip Replacement: Kris Jenner’s Journey

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Last week we talked about Kris Jenner’s hip replacement surgery which she courageously broadcast on HULU.

When Kris Jenner wanted to know if her hip pain was bad enough for hip replacement surgery, she did what most people do…she invited a friend over to talk about it. The friend was Martha Stewart. Everyone has that bossy friend who feels like they can tell you what to do; in this case it was good advice.

Hip pain is the reason for having total hip replacement surgery. And hip replacement surgery reliably relieves severe hip pain. But don’t take anyone’s work for it… I have the proof. At Phoenix Spine and Joint we ask each of our patients to tell us how they are doing after surgery. Here’s what they said:

I don’t know about you, but I was impressed with our Hip Replacement Surgeons. But not surprised. Each of them is a five-star surgeon. These results are also a credit to our patients. Most people who have total hip replacement surgery have it for hip pain due to osteoarthritis. And once you flunk out of physical therapy, anti-inflammatory pain medications, and a steroid shot or two, total hip replacement is your only option. So, if you are one of the millions of Americans with osteoarthritis and hip pain the harder question is not if you should have a hip replacement, it’s when.

Kris Jenner is a celebrity, but in one sense she is just like most people deciding to have a total hip replacement: she decided to have surgery when the pain was so bad, she could not imagine going on without doing something. If that’s you, then you’re done. You need a total hip replacement.

There are two reasons why waiting until you are desperate is not the best way to make such an important decision. First, if you really are that far along, you’ve probably waited too long. How many picnics with the family, work events and trips have you cancelled because of hip pain? If the answer is more than zero, then you may be needlessly suffering while you delay the inevitable. There is a better way.

Doctors use the Hip Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (HOOS) to help quantify how much hip pain is affecting your life. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete. If you are suffering with hip pain and wondering if it’s bad enough for total hip replacement, take the HOOS survey and I will let you know if you are ready for total hip replacement surgery.

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