Wednesday, December 14, 2016

How Do I Know If I Need Hip Replacement Surgery?

Hip Replacement

The hip is the largest ball and socket joint in our body that facilitates a variety of movements and functions in the body. The ball and socket surfaces are coated with articular cartilage that functions as a lubricant. 

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Conditions like arthritis can cause the cartilage to break down and result in the contact of the two bone surfaces that lead to excruciating pain.Treatment for hip arthritis is initially done through anti-inflammatory drugs, injections, physical therapy, etc. 

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Despite its high success ratio hip replacement surgery (more than 90%) is often the last resort, when non-surgical methods fail to alleviate symptoms.

Nearly 300,000 people in the United States undergo hip replacement surgery each year.  

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When do I need a Hip replacement?

There are four prominent symptoms that indicate the need for a hip replacement:

Hip or groin pain: It is the sensation of pain localized between the hip and the knee that might keep you awake at night. The pain might be intense enough to interfere with daily activities such as climbing stairs, sitting on a chair, etc. This is when you should consider surgery. 

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Soreness in these areas after physical activity can also be an indicator of the magnitude of the problem. This pain may be persistent or occur after short intervals of time. However, pain experienced in the ankles is different and could be due to back problems.

One leg test: Try standing on one leg (especially the problem leg) for a minute, even with the support of a door for balance, if required. If you can’t complete this test, then you should visit your doctor immediately, and opt for the surgery. 

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Stiffness: Simple tasks like putting on shoes and socks and traveling become painful as the flexibility of the body is affected. If your hip stiffens after normal daily routines, it is a sign that you need to consult a doctor for this problem.

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Walking: People who need a hip replacement are not able to cover much ground. They are no longer as mobile as they used to be. The pain in the hip/groin causes them to stop and rest frequently while walking.

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Advantages of Hip Replacement:


It is better to go for hip replacement if other non-surgical methods have failed to work. Hip replacement has a high success rate and not much down time. Modern techniques allow the patient to walk the next day of the surgery and resume routine activities in two weeks.

The procedure begins with the administration of general anesthesia. An incision made on the outer side of the hip is used to remove the damaged bone/cartilage and replace it with an implant. The implant is then smoothened and stabilized to restore the functioning of the ball and socket joint.

Hip Replacement Surgery in India:

India has become the hub for medical tourism due to the availability of experienced surgeons as well as good infrastructure. The low cost of medical treatment in India attracts many patients from across the world looking for affordable medical treatment abroad. 

While the cost of hip replacement surgery in India is starts from mere USD 5500, the cost of hip replacement in Western countries is multiple times. 

Best Orthopedic Surgeon for Hip Replacement in India

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