What If You Don't Have Hip Replacement Surgery?
Because a total hip replacement is an elective (voluntary) surgery, there are no serious or life-threatening consequences associated with not having it. However, it is important to understand what can result from this decision.
Currently, no medicine has been developed that can reverse the process of a joint wearing out. There are medicines and treatments that can slow down the process; however, the hip joint does not spontaneously heal when arthritis is present. Patients with hip arthritis and pain generally do not get better with time. In fact, in many cases, symptoms can be expected to worsen. In the end, it is your choice whether the disability caused by the arthritis is bothersome enough to have this surgery.
What if you don't have hip replacement surgery? The final decision to have or not have the surgery rests with you, but all concerns relating to this decision should be discussed with your doctor at length. Then you and your doctor can come up with a treatment method that is comfortable for you.