Your grandma may have had one, your neighbor may have had one, and you may be in need of one. If you’re not familiar with hip replacement surgery, then you may assume it involves replacing your entire hip with an artificial one. However, this type of surgery doesn’t involve replacing the entire hip but rather, it involves replacing the hip joint. During this procedure, Dr. John Moore will create an artificial hip joint made out of high-density polyethylene. Here are four leading causes of hip replacement surgery.
- Avascular Necrosis
Blood isn’t just for vampires. Blood is required for bone growth because they are living tissues. When your blood supply is interrupted, as with avascular necrosis, your bone begins to collapse or die.
- Hip Fractures
One of the most commons causes of a total hip replacement is when a patient fractures their hip. Although some hip fractures can be solved with a pin or screw, there are some instances in which a hip replacement is required.
- Post Traumatic Arthritis
Traumatic joint damage can be caused by a variety of things including an automobile accident, a work-related accident, or even some fractures. In advanced stages of post-traumatic arthritis, patients may need to consider a hip replacement.
This form of arthritis is the most common form in patients who are over the age of 50. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the hip starts to wear away so that you have bone on bone rubbing which can lead to a host of problems.
If you are suffering from any of the conditions above and you have noticed that your symptoms are getting worse, then it may be time to schedule a consultation with Dr. John Moore at our Pinehurst office. During your initial consultation, we will perform a physical exam and may take some x-rays to get a closer look at your hips. From there, we will be able to create a recovery plan.
Call us at 910.295.0224 to learn more!