If your hips are in good shape, then you probably don’t thank them often enough for all of the work they do every day. However, when something goes wrong with them, you’ll be left with hip pain and possibly immobility. That’s when doctors might have to consider a hip replacement as a last option after medications or physical therapy.
While you might be worried that your doctor is considering this option, or have concerns about your upcoming hip surgery, know that this is a routine procedure that about 450,000 Americans get each year, according to the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. But there’s a lot more to know about hip replacement surgery including what to expect, how to prepare for surgery, and the recovery process. So, read on to learn more!
What Is a Hip Replacement?
Johns Hopkins Medicine says, “Hip replacement, also called hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to address hip pain.” Your hip contains a ball, which is located at the top of the femur, and a socket located in the pelvis. The goal of the surgery is to replace these parts in order to help reduce pain and allow you to resume normal daily activities.
The source explains the replacement implant consists of a ceramic ball attached to a metal rod, anchored into the thigh bone for support. For the socket, there’s a metal cup with an inner plastic layer for smooth rotation of the joint.