Hip Replacements are for Everybody
- Posted on: Apr 2 2018
You probably know John Madden as an NFL coaching great, Hall-of-Famer and Super Bowl champ. But did you know that the 80-year-old is also one of the thousands of Americans who have received a hip replacement? Earlier this month, NFL Network’s Steve Mariucci shared that Madden would not be attending the annual “John Madden and Steve Mariucci Battle of the Bay” charity bocce ball event because he is recovering from the procedure.
Not all of us have an athletic history like Madden, but many are finding that hip replacement is a great option for maintaining an active lifestyle with age. Hip replacements have some of the highest clinical and patient satisfaction success rates of all surgical procedures. Here are some common questions that our New York clients have about hip replacement surgery.
I’m on the fence. How do I Know if I’m Ready for a Hip Replacement Surgery?
Aging and injuries can cause the ball and socket hip joint to develop arthritis. If hip pain is keeping you from the life you want to lead, a hip replacement might be a great solution. It’s not a one-size-fits-all procedure, so you should discuss your options with a physician who specializes in the field, but the surgery is pretty common these days and most clients are pleased with their results and the lifestyle changes that it leads to. Total hip replacement is successful in more than 95 percent of well-selected patients and those replacements last an average of 15-20 years.
How have Hip Replacement Procedures Changed in Recent Years?
Gone are the days of long and tiring recovery from a hip replacement! Today, there are great advances in minimally invasive surgery. One of my specialties is the Northern Approach, which features preservation of the hip’s natural posterior muscles, no disruption of the anterior capsule of the hip, and no femur dislocation—which greatly reduces the risk of a fracture down the line. Additionally, MIS brings a decrease in both swelling and risk of vascular-related complications.
Because of these factors, recovery time is faster. Most patients are walking with a cane in two weeks and with no assistance in just three weeks.
Are There Any Alternatives?
Yep! A full-fledged hip replacement might not be the right fit for you yet, but there are other options to help you get moving and feeling your best again. If you’re a young or middle-age adult with soft tissue traumatic injuries to the hip, you might be interested in joint preservation surgery, which can prevent or delay the need for a hip replacement down the line.
Joint resurfacing is another option, and it’s almost like a dental crown for your hip. With this procedure, a spherical metal cap is fitted onto the existing bone. This is a great option for younger or very active patients because it allows a natural range of motion while permitting full loading and more vigorous activities, but it requires a more aggressive dissection and does not allow for MIS.
There are many things to consider when thinking about a hip replacement. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly staff.
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