* Activity modification
* Exercise (non-impact exercise such as elliptical, bicycling, swimming, water aerobics)
* Weight loss (3 times your body weight goes through each hip with walking)
* Cane or walker
* Supplements such as Glucosamine/Chondroitin, Fish oil, etc.
* Tylenol (acetominophen)
* Over the counter NSAIDs such as Aleve (naprosyn), Motrin/Advil (ibuprofen)
* Prescription NSAIDs such as Celebrex, Mobic (meloxicam)
Cortisone injections are rarely used to help diagnose or treat arthritis in the hip
* When the pain or stiffness becomes so severe and you lose the ability to perform routine activities
* Inability to participate in activities such as golfing, playing tennis, riding a bicycle or going on walks or hikes
* The need for a hip replacement goes beyond the xray
* Once educated on the diagnosis, patients usually know when they are ready for a hip replacement
* The traditional hip replacement replaces the arthritic hip with a metal shell and plastic liner in the pelvis and a metal stem/rod in the thigh bone with a metal or ceramic ball.
* The stem/rod is usually press-fit in the thigh bone with a special coating that allows the bone to grow into it and become part of the body, however in some situations we may use cement to hold it in the bone.
* Most will last more than 15 years
* Some may start to wear out in 10-12 years
* When the plastic wears out, we can change the plastic liner
* Sometimes we have to change the metals parts as well
* We recommend periodic evaluations/xrays starting 10-12 years after surgery
There are other reasons that a hip replacement may need to be redone, such as loosening of the metal parts, a hip dislocation or infection. We are highly trained and have significant experience with these complicated surgeries.
960 Wookstock Parkway
Woodstock, GA 30188
Phone (770) 292-6500
Fax (770) 292-6535
Specializing in Hip and Knee Replacement