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Signs You Need (or Don’t Need) a Hip Replacement

A total hip replacement is a big surgery and deciding to have the surgery done is a big decision. Here are some signs to help you decide if the time is right (or not) for hip replacement surgery.

Signs You’re Ready for Hip Replacement
  • You have hip/groin pain that keeps you awake at night or causes you to wake up.
  • You have hip pain that limits activities necessary to go about your daily activities, such as getting up from a chair, climbing stairs, etc.
  • You have hip pain that limits activities that you enjoy, such as walking for exercise, traveling, shopping, etc.
  • You have tried other treatments for a reasonable period of time, and you still have persistent hip pain.
Signs You’re Not Ready for Hip Replacement
  • Your hip pain does not limit normal activities.
  • Your symptoms are improving with more conservative treatments, including medications, activity modification, etc.
  • You have not tried more conservative treatments.
  • You are only limited from performing activities such as running or skiing.
Patients who fit these criteria usually need more effort at treating their hip pain with more conservative measures. For more information on the procedure or to make an appointment with a physician at Southern Orthopaedic Specialists, call (770) 953-6929.

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