Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement may be recommended if your hip pain has not decreased after trying options such as medications, activity changes, or physical therapy. This surgical procedure involves replacing the affected hip with an artificial hip joint.
As with any surgical procedure, there are possible risks with hip replacement surgery, such as infections and allergic reactions. However, this surgery has been performed safely for over 25 years, with over 100,000 hip replacements being performed each year.
The majority of people who have a total hip replacement experience significant pain relief -- in many cases, even after 10 years.
(Click Hip Replacement for a more in-depth discussion on total hip replacements. This article explains how the surgery is performed, what to expect during recovery, and more.)