Hip osteoarthritis is a common orthopedic problem since hip joints are very active in our lives. Some main reasons of hip osteoarthritis are;
- Being overweight
- Unhealthy eating habits
- Excessive use of alcohol and cigarettes
- Pain in the groins. Sometimes patients confuse the cause pain because it also affects the knee area.
- Walking slower and limping
- Pain during daily activities such as wearing trousers or socks
- Deformities in the feet in advanced cases
- Shortening of the leg
If diagnosed at an early stage the patient may not need a surgery. Instead, these cases would be encouraged to loose weight, do physical therapy, use medicines and sometimes use support for walking. However if the deformity of the joint and the symptoms are advanced hip replacement surgery may be needed.
Hip Osteoarthritis Surgery
If the patient’s in good condition, a general anesthesia may not be needed and an injection that only anesthetize the hip and the legs can be used. The average operation takes about 90 minutes. A day after the operation the patient gets walked by the doctor with a walker. In average cases patients need to stay at the hospital for about 4-5 days after the surgery, and after they can go home. When leaving the hospital, use of certain medications and physical therapy moves will be instructed to the patient.