If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. Your hip may be stiff and it may be hard to put on your shoes and socks. You may even feel uncomfortable while resting.

If medications, changes in your everyday activities, and the use of walking aids such as a cane are not helpful, you may want to consider hip replacement surgery. By replacing your diseased hip joint with an artificial joint, hip replacement surgery can relieve your pain, increase motion, and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.

Whether to have hip replacement surgery should be a cooperative decision made by you, your family, your primary care doctor, and an orthopaedic surgeon. The process of making this decision typically begins with a referral by your doctor to an orthopaedic surgeon for an initial evaluation.

The Orthopaedic Institute of Henderson is always happy to personally review the results of your evaluation with you and discuss whether hip replacement surgery is the best method to relieve your pain and improve your mobility. Other treatment options such as medications, physical therapy, or other types of surgery also may be considered.

Although many patients who undergo hip replacement surgery are 60 to 80 years
of age, The Orthopaedic Institute of Henderson always evaluates patients
individually. Recommendations for surgery are based on the extent of
your pain, disability, and general health status-not solely on age.