For comfort and happy everyday life, the hip joint needs to be well functioning. This often means that the treatment for trauma, chronic inflammation, degenerative conditions and moderate to severe osteoarthritis can require major surgery.
Hip surgery is used to treat:
- Hip fractures
- Moderate to severe hip osteoarthritis
- Worn out, or infected, hip replacements
Some conditions, like mild osteoarthritis, can be managed with lifestyle modification and advice, or minimally invasive treatments such as PRP therapy and painkilling injections, which may delay the need for more complex surgery.
If you do need surgery though, there is the option for a partial or total hip replacement, depending on your individual circumstances.
Hip surgery helps people who are experiencing moderate to severe hip pain and usually results in a positive impact on the quality of your life.
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Are there any ways of minimising the risks of hip surgery?
You will be given antibiotics to minimise the risk of infection and blood thinners to minimise the risk of blood clots after surgery. Your doctor will discuss other ways of minimising the risk of complications.
Am I too old for hip surgery?
Age is not normally a barrier to having hip surgery, providing you are in a reasonable state of health and readiness for surgery. Talk to your doctor who will carry out an assessment.
How will I manage if I live alone?
Significant numbers of older people who have surgery live alone. Sometimes a friend of relative might be able to come and stay with you for a while until you are back on your feet. Or it might be possible to arrange for home help, or a stay in a rehabilitation unit.
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