Chronic hip pain can have an effect on your everyday life. This pain can make it uncomfortable to stand, sit, or move around. It can also prevent you from completing your favorite activities. Hip replacement procedure may provide you with relief. However, everyone is not a suitable candidate for the surgery.
Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, provides orthopedic surgery to patients in Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding locations.
When to Consider Hip Replacement Surgery?
You may benefit from getting a hip replacement procedure if your hip pain is not improving with lifestyle changes, medication, and other conventional treatments. Your surgeon may also recommend the procedure if you have serious hip joint damage because of an injury or the following chronic conditions:
- Severe injuries: post-traumatic arthritis can be the result of serious hip injuries. You may also suffer from avascular necrosis if the injury causes amount of blood flow to get restricted to the femoral head in the joint.
- Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can result in ongoing and severe stiffness and hip pain.
- Severe injuries: post-traumatic arthritis can result in serious hip injuries
- Childhood hip problems: You may develop arthritis if you suffered from hip problems in your childhood. This is even when you received treatment for the condition.
An orthopedic surgeon will determine whether you are an ideal candidate or not by considering various factors. They will determine whether the underlying issue is attributed to an entirely different problem.
Arthritis is the first factor for hip replacement. The orthopedic surgeon you choose will ensure you are suffering from hip joint arthritis and not any other condition, like muscle or tendon inflammation. They will have a look at your MRI scans and x-rays to determine where the arthritis is and its severity.
The type of symptoms experienced is also an important factor. Arthritis is complex in nature with many people showing it on their x-rays without any attributable symptoms. This is why the surgeon will examine you thoroughly to understand where the pain is emanating from.
The surgeon will take a look at your treatment history before labeling you as an ideal candidate. Patients suffering from arthritis may experience significant relief after getting an injection. However, the pain may be from another source around the back or hip joint if it did not alleviate even after getting an injection.
Impact of Pain on Lifestyle
Hip replacement surgery is generally recommended when arthritis can be clearly seen on an x-ray and causes significant pain. You should have a frank and candid discussion with the orthopedic surgeon regarding how the hip condition is affecting the overall quality of your life.
You should also clear any concerns and doubts you may have. This will allow you to decide whether the surgery is good for you and when is the most suitable time to get it performed.
Board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan of the Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI) receives patients from Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for orthopedic surgery.
Contact the Southern California Hip Institute
Dr. Tigran Garabekyan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip preservation. To learn more about Southern California Hip Institute or to schedule a consultation, click here to contact us or call:
Century City / Los Angeles: 310.595.1030
Serving patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Century City, West Hollywood, North Hollywood Encino, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Burbank, Glendale and other neighboring cities in the greater Los Angeles, California area.
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