Orthopedic Information in Omaha, NE

Omaha Anterior Hip Replacement

Why do people need there hip replaced?
When walking becomes painful or if the hip joint is injured or dislocated, you may need the hip joint replaced. First you will need an exam from an orthopedic surgeon. He/she will take x-rays and possibly other radiological tests of the hip joint to determine the cause of the pain and the need for surgery. One of the most common causes of joint pain in people over the age of 60 is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis causes deterioration of the cartilage and the growth of bone spurs. When cartilage can no longer cushion the joint, the grinding of bone against bone becomes very painful. Hip joint replacement provides relief for severe arthritis pain that is limiting what a person is able to do. Other reasons for hip joint replacement are fractures of the thigh bone (femur) which is common in older adults or hip joint tumors.

Omaha Anterior Hip Replacement Pain

What does hip pain feel like?
Interestingly, people with hip pain from arthritis often are confused as to where the pain originates. Most people think their hip is in the region of the buttocks and are surprised to learn that hip pain is usually felt in the groin. Groin pain of hip arthritis is sometimes misdiagnosed at first as a hernia or a pulled muscle in the groin area. The pain can also be felt radiating down the front of the thigh for a few inches as well. Sometimes the pain can radiate all the way to the knee (referred pain) and be the only symptom of hip pain.. Most people with significant hip arthritis have a limp and one leg may feel shorter than the other. Bone-on-bone contact occasionally causes the hip to make a creaking sound when walking. As the disease progresses, the hip becomes stiff and less movement is possible. Quite often the first step or two after prolonged sitting may be especially painful.

Candidates for Omaha Anterior Hip Replacement

Are there people who cannot have Anterior Hip Replacement?
Some people are not candidates for having hip joint replacement. You may not be a candidate is you are: Morbidly obese (weigh over 300 pounds), have weak quadriceps (the muscles in the front of your thigh) making it hard to walk or use your hip, have unhealthy skin around the hip, or have severe mental dysfunction.

Omaha Anterior Hip Replacement

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