Hip Pain (cont.)
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When Is Surgery Needed for Hip Pain?
Hip fractures commonly require surgery to fix the fracture. The type of surgery depends upon the location of the fracture within the hip joint. The underlying health of the patient needs to be assessed, and the risks of general anesthesia need to be considered. Surgery often occurs soon after the injury, if the patient's condition allows, to allow quicker return of activity. Patients who are immobilized and lie in bed for prolonged periods of time are at risk for developing blood clots in their legs (deep vein thrombosis) and breakdown of their skin, or bedsores.
Hip replacement is perhaps the most common joint replacement surgery. It is considered in patients with progressive arthritis that affects the patient's ability to do daily activities. Hip resurfacing is an alternative to hip replacement. The choice of procedure is a joint decision made by the orthopedic surgeon and patient to be able to return the patient to the level of activity that they would like to achieve.
Hip arthroscopy has become more widely available to evaluate and treat hip joint damage, including labrum and cartilage tears, loose bodies within the joint, and early arthritis.
What Follow-up Is Needed After Treatment of Hip Pain?
The goal of hip pain therapy is to treat the underlying cause and return the patient to full function. Follow-up care will depend upon the illness or injury and the particular medical treatment or surgery that is required to reach that goal.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/15/2016
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