If you are thinking about hip replacement surgery, here are some ways to help determine if it may be right for you:
1. The pain affects your ability to perform activities of daily living such as bathing, grooming, cooking or shopping.
2. You are unable or limited in your ability to work or participate in activities you enjoy.
3. Anti-inflammatory pain relievers such as ibuprofen aren’t effective at treating your pain.
4. Low-impact exercises and/or physical therapy no longer help reduce your symptoms.
If you are suffering from hip pain and considering surgery, Rowley cautioned against relying upon narcotic pain relievers.
“Opioids worsen pain in the long run, and the surgical results aren’t as good,” he says. “Multiple studies have shown that patients just don’t do as well.”
For example, a study conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that patients who took opioids daily before joint replacement surgeries stayed in the hospital longer, had higher costs and a greater risk for complications that required another surgical intervention.
“If you are unsure if a replacement is right for you, discuss it with your physician,” Dr. Rowley says. “We’re here to help.”