Total hip replacement (THR), also known as total hip arthroplasty, can significantly improve your quality of life by relieving you of pain associated with osteoarthritis. But did you know that THR can also reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and even depression?
According to a recent study at the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), osteoarthritis patients who undergo THR actually have a lower rate of heart disease, diabetes and depression than those who choose not to have the surgery.
Osteoarthritis, especially hip arthritis, can be extremely painful and incapacitating. If your hip arthritis is so painful that it’s preventing you from living your daily life, our top orthopedic surgeons at the Hip Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles can help. Our surgeons attended top medical schools and specialize in the most advanced hip surgery techniques, including our minimally-invasive hip replacement procedure.
What Is Total Hip Replacement?
Total hip replacement surgery is performed on patients with hip arthritis, in which the thigh bone and pelvis socket have become damaged or cartilage has worn out. The procedure involves replacing the ball of the hip with a prosthesis, which is connected to the femur and the socket of the hip joint. Total hip replacement is performed when non-surgical treatments are ineffective for patients with hip arthritis or other severe hip pain.
Unlike traditional hip replacement surgery, the minimally invasive procedure performed at the Hip Surgery Center of Excellence involves less damage to the muscles, less scarring and less pain. This also means patients can undergo the surgery on an outpatient basis, and enjoy a much faster recovery.
Benefits of Hip Replacement Surgery
The primary benefits of total hip replacement surgery tend to be major pain relief and improvement in quality of life, but this new study at AAOS has indicated even larger benefits to the surgery.
The study examined two groups with osteoarthritis – one who had undergone THR and one who hadn’t – over a seven-year period. At the conclusion of the study, the group who had opted for the procedure had a 52 percent lower mortality risk and a significantly lower risk of heart failure, diabetes and depression than the group who hadn’t undergone the procedure.
Quality of life is important, and this study illustrates the significant impact arthritis pain can have on your life when left untreated. If you are suffering from hip arthritis pain and are interested in learning about treatment options, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our top-of-the-line Los Angeles hip surgeons.
Who Is a Candidate for Total Hip Replacement?
Total hip replacement surgery is typically implemented as a last resort after all non-surgical treatments have failed to work. If you feel your hip arthritis or other hip pain is severe and you would like to find out if you’re a candidate for replacement, one of our a hip surgery specialists can help you determine if the procedure is right for you, or recommend other treatment options.
Contact a World-Renowned Hip Surgeon in Los Angeles
Joint pain, especially in the hip, can be debilitating. If you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our Los Angeles hip surgeons to see if you’re a candidate for hip replacement surgery, please call (888) 760-3378 or fill out our online contact form.
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