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Common Myths About Hip Replacements

If you or a loved one are getting ready for a hip replacement surgery, you’re probably hearing a lot of different information from a lot of different sources. While this can prove helpful if you are nervous about a procedure, it can also cause confusion. Information overload is a legitimate problem, and sometimes you just need a proven voice to help you sort out the facts. When I visit with my patients before a surgery takes place, I like to discuss the benefits and potential risks of the hip replacement procedure, as well as address any questions they have. Here are a few of the common “myths” that come up in conversations with my New York patients, as well as some clarifying points. If you have any questions about the hip replacement process, don’t worry for no reason. Instead, reach out to my office. I’d be happy to go over any of your concerns together.

Myth: Most people get hip replacements after experiencing an injury.

While fractures and other injuries that occur as the result of a fall or accident can lead to a replacement, the truth is that most hip replacements take place after arthritis has worsened to the point where a person is in constant pain and unable to complete day-to-day activities. Usually, this condition develops over time, not as the result of a specific incident.

Myth: Some types of surgery are better than others, and you should have them no matter your situation.

Actually, while there are several different approaches to hip replacement, including the direct anterior approach and arthroscopies, the “best” technique varies from person to person. What might have worked for your best friend or family member might not be the right fit for you. What’s most important is choosing a method that meets your needs. We’ll work together to figure out the best choice for you.

Myth: To keep from causing additional injuries, you should avoid exercise before undergoing a replacement surgery.

The opposite is actually true. I almost always recommend that patients build up their muscles and work on their flexibility before a surgery takes place. This helps with recovery after and places less stress and strain on your other body parts. It is also helpful to lose weight before a surgery takes place and that process is easier with exercise. Dropping extra pounds will help your replacement heal properly and help you adjust to your new hip.

Myth: After your hip replacement, you’ll be good as new.

Although a new joint can create new opportunities for you in time, it doesn’t instantly solve every problem. It’s important that you stick to your physical therapy regimen following the procedure and that you are mindful of your replacement and its limitations–particularly in the immediate months that follow your surgery. You’ll be excited to test out your new joint, but it is essential to the healing process that you take your time and ease back into activities.

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