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Why Do I Require Hip Replacement Surgery?

Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in blog | 97 comments

Hip replacement surgery is usually required for patients whose hip joint has worn or damaged to the extent of causing pain and reducing mobility. There are a number of different conditions that can result in damage to the hip joint.


Osteoarthritis is a condition wherethe protective cartilage on the ends of your bonesbreaks down. It causes pain, swelling, issues with joint movement andsometimes the development of bony growths causing further pain and inflammation. When this condition effects the hip joint, hip replacement may be required.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto immune disorder that results in pain, stiffness and inflammation in the joints. The immune system (which usually fights infection), attacks the cells that line your joints instead, causing pain and wearing down the joint, cartilage and even the bone itself.

Hip Fracture

Bone weakness, an accident or a fall can result in a hip fracture. Fractures on or near the hip joint can cause issues with mobility as the joint is under constant pressure when standing or walking. As such, the best treatment option may be total hip replacement surgery. Hip replacements have historically resulted in much better outcomes that other treatment options.

Septic arthritis

Commonly occurring in the knee and hip joints, septic arthritis is inflammation caused by a bacterial infection. If left untreated, septic arthritis can permanently damage the hip joint, thus requiring total hip replacement surgery.

Ankylosing spondylitis

Less commonly, ankylosing spondylitis (or AS), a chronic and long-termcondition causing the spine and other areas of the body become inflamed, can do irreparable damage to the hip joint.

Ormiston Orthopaedics offers a range of hip replacement surgery & knee replacement surgery. Get in touch with our surgery on 09 252 0370 to find out more.

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