Hip replacement is becoming more and more prevalent in the developed world. It is amongst one of the most frequently carried out procedures in those over 65 years of age and can be attributed to improving the quality of life of thousands of patients undergoing the surgery.
The need for surgery however is never always the case. Fortunately sometimes a course of physical therapy along with smaller lifestyle changes, diet and specific exercises can negate the need for the procedure. However, when a hip replacement is required it can be due to a number of factors. These include osteoporosis, accident related bone damage and other degenerative conditions.
A full hip replacement is not always necessary but a complete one will give the best results over the course of time. The procedure itself is carried out on the ball and socket joint at the top of the leg and recovery time after the op will include relatively long periods of recuperation due to the delicate nature of the op.
The artificial replacements used can be made of numerous different materials such as plastic or metal, with the different materials being more appropriate for different age groups and circumstances. There are a number of major companies involved in the manufacturer of these medical devices and some have received criticism in the past few years for a low quality of product that has been known to fail.
A failure of the replacement joint can lead to obvious complications that can obviously cause more harm and suffering, but these cases are thankfully rare.
The advantages of a hip replacement procedure far outweight the risks – these are interment with revery medical procedure – and although the patient may spend 3 or 4 days in hospital after surgery they can quickly start to regain movement and freedom that they would not have had immediately before the operation. Long term benefits to patients are a testament to the overall success of this type of operation.