of the hip is extremely limiting.
As seen in the "Arthritic Hip"
x-ray, the ball of the hip is rubbing
bone on bone with the socket. This
causes pain with all activities and even
frequently will awaken the patient from
sleep with pain. Medications
may help for a while, but eventually
surgery is the only way to allow the
individual to maintain a reasonable
activity level. Total hip
replacement has proven very successful
to relieve this pain and maintain
patient function. Most patients
are able to return to a high level
Hip replacements have improved
dramatically and now last for many
years--often greater than 25 years.
There have been many
advances in hip replacements, from
minimally invasive surgical approaches,
including the direct anterior approach,
ceramics and the newest generation of
highly crosslinked UHMWPE.
There are more options
than ever for the young active athlete
wishing to continue an active lifestyle.
A ceramic on ceramic hip replacement or
a surface replacement may be the right
answer to meet all of your needs. Please
discuss which option is right for you
with Dr. Nelson.