Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common joint replacement procedures, exceeded only by knee replacements.1 Many people have hip arthritis, but it can be difficult to know when the right time to have a hip replacement surgery is. Furthermore, there is confusion about what to expect from hip replacement surgery.
Today, people are enjoying longer lives — but joint pain from osteoarthritis persists and can interfere with an active lifestyle. That’s why many people decide to have hip or knee replacement surgery. But is it possible to ever be too old for joint replacement?
An unfortunate biological 'feed-forward' loop drives cartilage cells in an arthritic joint to actually contribute to progression of the disease, say researchers. Excessive loading under inflammatory conditions can create a situation that can lead to progressive cartilage degeneration.
Engineers design a computational model that will ultimately serve as the engine to predict how long a hip implant could last for a specific patient. The unique model incorporates fluid dynamics and the physics of implant wear and aims to streamline trial-and-error in the design of future implants.
If you're living with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, chances are you rely on some non-surgical treatment strategies like NSAIDs, physical therapy, and maybe even injectable treatments to keep pain, swelling, and stiffness under control. These can all be effective ways to manage OA symptoms for a long time. But what happens when they’re no longer enough? At a certain point, you may consider knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty.
Strengthening and stretching muscles is an important part of recovery following knee replacement surgery. However, some types of movements and exercises may do more harm than good.
A hip replacement is a common surgical procedure that a surgeon will perform to treat a damaged hip joint. The operation involves replacing the joint with an implant, or a prosthesis.
Recovering from total knee or total hip replacement is a gradual process but the payoff is great: less pain and more mobility. Here's a guide to what to expect after your joint replacement surgery.
Knee replacement surgery (knee arthroplasty) involves removing a patient's damaged joint surface and replacing it with a metal and plastic implant. This surgery is performed on patients with severe knee arthritis (most commonly, osteoarthritis) to decrease pain and improve mobility, and it tends to have a high success rate.
There are several things you need to keep in mind as you prepare for a total hip replacement surgery. You might need to adjust some of your medications, like blood thinners. And you need to prepare your home so it will be easy and safe for you to get around as you are recovering.