The goal of hip replacement surgery is to relieve pain and increase the mobility and function of a damaged hip joint. If a stiff, painful hip joint has forced you to cut back on everyday activities, successful surgery may allow you to resume them. Hip replacement is typically used for people with hip joint damage from arthritis or an injury. Followed by rehabilitation, hip replacement can relieve pain and restore range of motion and function of your hip joint.
Hip replacement is one of the most successful surgeries in the history of medicine. Since the first operation in 1960, joint replacement techniques and technology have increased the effectiveness of a total hip replacement. More than 285,000 total hip replacement surgeries are performed in the United States each year.
If your hip has been damaged by a fracture, arthritis, childhood disease, or other conditions, common activities like walking or putting on your shoes and socks may be painful struggle. If medication and/or the use of walking supports do not help your symptoms, you may consider hip replacement surgery. It is a safe and effective procedure that can help you get back to your old self.