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Hip replacement should be a group decision

Hip replacement is a big deal and should be a group decision based on input from your family, primary care doctor, and orthopedic surgeon.

The process typically begins with a referral to an orthopedic surgeon from your primary care doctor. The typical hip replacement patient is 60 to 80 years old, however an orthopedic surgeon will evaluate your needs individually and base treatment on the extent of your pain, disability, and general health status. You may benefit from hip replacement surgery if:

  • Hip pain limits your everyday activities, such as walking or bending
  • Hip pain continues while resting, either day or night
  • Hip stiffness limits your ability to move or lift your leg
  • You have little pain relief from anti-inflammatory medication
  • You have harmful or unpleasant side effects from arthritis medications
  • Other treatments, such as physical therapy or the use of a cane, do not relieve pain

Quick Links

  • Northwell Health
  • Catholic Health Services
  • Jefferson
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • International Congress for Joint Reconstruction