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Four myths about hip replacement surgery

Joint replacement surgeries are among the most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S. today. But, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for joint problems, and having worries or concerns when considering surgery is normal. Here’s the truth behind some common misconceptions I hear from patients:

Myth 1: I should wait as long as possible before considering surgery.

Fact: Hip replacement surgery helps alleviate the pain associated with osteoarthritis and sev­eral other conditions. When pain disrupts your daily routine, causes you to lose sleep, or interferes with your life, it may be time to see an orthopedic specialist. As your arthritis worsens, your joints will grow stiffer, which can make replacement surgery more difficult. This can lead to longer recovery times and more physical therapy

Myth 2: I’m too young for a hip replacement.

Fact: Age really is just a number. Hip replacement is based on need. While older adults are more prone to having arthritis, adults of any age can experience pain or loss of mobility. Thanks to technological advances, younger patients are at a lower risk of needing re­peat surgeries to replace worn out implants. Surgeons using the Mako™ surgical robot can place implants within 1 millimeter of their exact target on the body, leading to longer-lasting implants and better matches to the patient’s anatomy.

Myth 3: Aching joints are a part of aging and you have to learn to live with them.

Fact: Nothing could be further from the truth. Joint replacement surgery is one of many medical treatments available to you. Non-surgical op­tions your doctor can discuss with you include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, losing weight, avoiding certain activities that make pain worse, and using a cane or other mobility aid.

Myth 4: I’ll have to give up playing sports after a new hip.

Fact: Recovery from joint replacement surgery is a gradual process. While everyone’s recovery is different, your doctor may recommend low-impact sports like tennis, golf, walking, swimming, hiking, cycling, or rowing once your joints are ready. Minimally invasive technologies can also shorten recovery time and reduce pain.

At our Musculoskeletal Center, providers specializing in sports medicine, orthopedics, podiatry, pain medicine, and rheumatology are ready to treat injuries and chronic pain. To schedule an appointment, call 360-882-2778.