طبق اعلام سازمان بهداشت جهانی (WHO)، Hip replacement means hope. It means the relief from pain. It means retaining the freedom to move around unaided. And it means the ability to stay in the home instead of a nursing home.
In other words, hip replacement surgeries of modern day era are good enough to bring life back on rails for the beleaguered hip joint sufferer.
As an orthopedic surgeon, I see many patients with hip pain. Hip pain caused by arthritis can be especially debilitating. It can manifest as groin pain, thigh pain and stiffness in the hip. Patients can have difficulty performing simple tasks such as putting on socks and shoes, climbing stairs and getting into a car. The goal of a total hip replacement is pain relief. For some patients, depending on the severity of their damaged hip, that pain relief can be immediate.
After a full recovery, which includes physical therapy, most people get back to do the things they enjoy. Quality of life after hip replacement is dramatically improved in most cases. Patients can go from not being able to get out of chair without pain, to walking miles without discomfort. Also, most people are returning to work in three months, if not sooner, in some cases.
When you experience a major health event, it sometimes feels that you are the only person in the world going through it. It helps to know that other people have gone through similar experiences and faced similar challenges. The following statistics may be useful to hip replacement patients as well as their families:
- Every year, around a quarter of a million people receive hip implants
- Most hip implant recipients are over 60 years of age
- The number of hip replacements among people under 50 years of age is growing rapidly