Total hip replacements were developed many years ago. Today, over 25,000 people in Australia annually undergo hip replacement surgery as a method of relieving the pain and disability caused by hip arthritis.
The most frequent cause of debilitating pain is arthritis. It is estimated that 30% of people have some form of arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, a progressive loss of the bearing surface of the hip (joint cartilage) which becomes damaged and wears away, leaving the underlying bones unprotected from wearing against each other. It primarily occurs in people of retirement age. Younger people may have arthritis from other conditions such as previous injury to the joint or inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis.
As the bearing surface of the hip deteriorates, pain and immobility will usually occur. When conservative methods of treatment fail to provide adequate symptom relief, total hip replacement is considered. Today, your orthopaedic surgeon (specialists of bone and joint surgery) can replace your problem hip, thanks to the development of total hip replacements, which have been proven to provide long term relief. Total joint replacement surgery is usually a remarkably successful procedure that has transformed the lives of many people.
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