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Three Reasons You’ll Love Your Hip Replacement

Intimidated by the idea of a new hip through replacement surgery? With thousands of people receiving the procedure each year, you’re certainly not alone, but your worries could be misguided. Sure, hip replacements are a major surgery, but advances in technology — including minimally-invasive procedures and new materials in artificial hips — are making them as routine and painless as possible. In fact, many of my patients complete the surgery and wonder why they put it off for as many years as they did. You might have friends, family members, or coworkers who have said the same thing. Even celebrities are sharing their stories of hip replacements. If you’re still on the fence or wondering if it’s right for you, keep in mind the following reasons why you might love a hip replacement.

You’ll Feel Good

Does hip pain wake you up or keep you from falling asleep? Do simple activities like sitting for prolonged periods, standing up from a seated position, or going for short walks wear you down? There’s no sense in living with that hurting when a hip replacement can help keep it away. After a procedure, you might notice a shift in your mood and in the way you view things. If pain makes you grouchy, you could find yourself in fewer quarrels with loved ones or less frustrated while standing in line at the store. Adjusting your hip can also realign the way other parts of your body fall, reducing strains, stresses, and deformities occurring in other sections as a result of accommodating for hip pain. And the results will likely be apparent sooner than you’d expect. With the right applications of physical therapy and attitude, you can be back on your feet in just a few months.

You can get back to doing the things you love…

Many folks with hip issues find that they are no longer able to participate in the activities that they once loved — like running, biking, or gardening. In some instances, hip problems keep patients from the careers they are passionate about and from important activities like playing with grandchildren. After you recover from a hip replacement, you’ll find that taking part in these hobbies — which can be linked to overall well-being — is no longer a stretch of the imagination or a cause for worry.  

… And try new ones, too.

At the same time, you’ll be able to try new activities that might have seemed out of reach when your hip was hurting. Interested in ballroom dancing? It’s possible now! Care to hike your local hills and valleys or vacation in France? Your new hip can help you make it there! When the aches and pains that keep you from exploring New York and beyond are a thing of the past, you can get going and live life to the max.

Everyone has different reasons for having hip replacement surgery, but one thing they have in common is satisfaction with the end results. For every fear about the procedure that you might have, there are reasons to proceed with it. Don’t just deal with hip pain; let’s chat about your options for replacement.

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