Total Hip Replacement
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At UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, our orthopedic experts will help you determine whether you are a candidate for total hip replacement surgery.
Hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which diseased parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with artificial new parts.
Hip Joint Problems
The hip joint can become arthritic due to osteoarthritis ("wear and tear" arthritis), hip dysplasia, rheumatoid arthritis, injury (posttraumatic arthritis) and avascular necrosis. In hip replacement surgery, the goal is to improve the patient's mobility by relieving pain and increasing the hip joint's function.
Before considering a total hip replacement, your doctor may try other treatment options, such as medication, walking aids or other non-surgical methods such as physical therapy.
About Hip Replacement
In the past, hip replacement was primarily an option for people over the age of 60. However, in recent years, younger, more active patients have also found success with hip replacement. Generally, a person's overall health and activity level are better indicators for hip replacement surgery candidacy than the patient's age.
If you are a younger, more active patient, you may also be a candidate for hip resurfacing, an alternative to traditional total hip replacement which involves the removal of less bone. Our orthopedic surgeons will discuss the pros and cons of each procedure with you, and help you determine which option is best for you.
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