Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
In general, hip replacement surgery should be sought only for debilitating pain that does not improve with pain medications, exercise, weight loss, and reasonable activity modification. Hip replacement, regardless of surgical technique, is a major operation for a worn-out joint that cannot function any longer. Hip replacement surgery involves lifestyle changes and an artificial joint. No artificial hip can ever be a perfect substitute for a real hip. Optional surgery, such as hip replacement, should be avoided until other treatment options have failed.
B Sonny Bal, MD
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