Hip Replacement Surgery Prevention

Published 01/22/13


Learn some lifestyle changes you can make to postpone, or avoid, hip replacement surgery.


Hi. My name is Katie Fish and I had a total hip replacement less than two weeks after my 30th birthday. I'm here today to talk to you about some lifestyle changes you can make in order to avoid or postpone surgery. There are limited options available, and there is no cure for arthritis. But if any combination of these options helps alleviate your pain, you may be able to put surgery on the back burner. Some of the treatment options that may allow you to postpone surgery include cortisone injections, which you may be able to have a few times a year. Losing weight, the less weight, the less pressure is put on your hip. Physical therapy a few times a week, or six weeks or longer, anti- inflammatory drugs, limiting your activities, such as walking, standing, whatever causes you pain, limit doing it. Finally, using an aid such a cane, once you're at that point, your quality of life is deteriorating and it might be time to consider surgery. Those are some of the main changes you can make to your lifestyle in order to avoid or postpone surgery. It all comes down to your quality of life. No one wants to have surgery. But if you try every recommendation from your orthopedic surgeon and nothing alleviates your pain, it's time to think about having surgery. Pain from surgery is temporary, while arthritis pain in the hip is permanent and only becomes worse as time goes on. That's how I see it as an expert on hip replacement. But I would also recommend you reach out to your doctor for more details, or go to Google and type in "hip replacement prevention" for more information. Thanks for watching.

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