If you have a rheumatic condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, you may require surgery at some point. However, your local rheumatologist and/or local family physician will try to treat your condition with medication such as methotrexate and lifestyle changes. Your local rheumatologist, who is a medical doctor who is trained in diagnosing and treating inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and gout, can help determine if you require surgery. If you do, you may need to see a local orthopedic surgeon. A local orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor who treats disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system includes the joints, muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments.
Some of the surgeries that a local orthopedic surgeon might perform include hip replacement or knee replacements due to arthritis, ankylosing spondylosis surgery, gout surgery and thumb arthritis surgery. A local orthopedic surgeon can also help you manage your post-surgical care, whether it’s medication or arranging for rehabilitation. If you want more info on how a local orthopedic surgeon can help, start by talking to your local rheumatologist. Often seeing your local family Physician is a great starting place for referrals to your local Massage Therapist or your local chiropractor to help with massage and skeletal adjustments. A local Physiotherapist or local athletic trainer can help with strength and bruised muscles. Acupuncture is often recommended for chronic pain in association with your local physiotherapist
During a hip replacement surgery, the surgeon removes the damaged parts of the hip joint, including the hip socket (acetabulum) and the ball-shaped head of the femur (thighbone). These are then replaced with prosthetic components made of metal, plastic, or ceramic materials. The prosthetic hip joint is designed to replicate the natural structure and function of the hip joint, allowing for improved movement and reduced pain.
Hip replacement surgery can provide several benefits, including:
Pain relief: The surgery aims to alleviate chronic hip pain that hasn't responded to other conservative treatments.
Improved mobility: Hip replacement can restore mobility and joint function, allowing individuals to perform daily activities with greater ease and comfort.
Enhanced quality of life: By reducing pain and improving mobility, hip replacement can significantly enhance a person's overall quality of life, enabling them to engage in activities they couldn't previously enjoy.
Correction of deformities: In cases where hip fractures or arthritis have caused joint deformities, hip replacement surgery can help correct these structural abnormalities.
Long-term durability: Modern hip prostheses are designed to be long-lasting and durable, providing many years of pain-free joint function.