The low down on Hip Replacement
The current state of affairs
Hip replacements are becoming increasingly common.
Currently 1.3 people in every 1,000 will undergo a hip replacement operation, and more than 1.2 million are carried out each year worldwide.
The biggest risk factors for needing a hip replacement are age and arthritis, with 85% of people having a hip replacement, also having osteoarthritis.
In terms of gender, women have a higher risk of needing a hip replacement (58%) compared with men (42%).
Hip replacement surgery in patients aged 45-54 has also doubled in the past 10 years.
What can we do, to reduce the risk of needing a hip replacement?
Physical activity helps. Running decreases your risk of developing osteoarthritis by 18% and as osteoarthritis is present in 85% of people who undergo a hip replacement, this has a knock-on effect in reducing your risk of needing a hip replacement by 35-50%.
And if you’re not up for running that’s OK, walking can also reduce the risk of needing hip surgery, although by a smaller percentage (23%).
Almost half of the protective effective of being physically active comes from weight control. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk of needing a hip replacement.
And what can you do if you’re already experiencing hip pain?
If you need a hip replacement then the sooner you have it, the better the outcome is likely to be and the quicker you will recover from your operation.
This is because the more pain you suffer prior to having surgery, the more compensations and adaptations the muscles and soft tissues will have made around the joint, in an effort to try and protect it and you from that pain, and the harder that will be to re-train once you’ve had the operation.
That’s not to say it can’t be done, it will just take a bit longer and need a bit more of an investment in your time and energy.
The good news is that outcomes from hip replacements are very good. Developments in materials and surgical techniques, mean that the artificial hips are lasting longer, and success rates are very good, with more than 80% of people experiencing pain relief and functional improvement, meaning their daily lives become easier and they’re able to do more.
We hope you find this information helpful and if you have any questions or queries, please feel free to get in contact with us 6676 4000 or 6676 4577.
We are running the GLA:D program as a preventative for surgery for hips and knees with osteoarthritis.