September 22Considering Hip Replacement Surgery?


Hip replacement surgery is the second most common joint replacement procedure, closely following knee replacements. Many people suffer from hip arthritis, but question when the right time to have a hip replacement surgery is. Well, look no further. You can find all you need to know about hip replacement surgery and the alternatives right here.

  1. Hip Arthritis

Most people when they hear the word ‘arthritis’ they think of cartilage wearing away in a joint. The word ‘arthritis’ means inflammation of the joint, so over time, thee inflammation can lead to cartilage loss and expose bone, instead of a normal smooth joint surface.

The most common type of hip arthritis is osteoarthritis. This is often referred to as “wear-and-tear” and results in the wearing away of the normally smooth cartilage until bare bone is exposed. Other common forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, and lupus arthritis.

What Causes Arthritis:

  • Older Age
  • Obesity
  • Previous Joint Damage
  • Occupational Hazards
  • High-level of Sports Activity
  • Certain Infections


  1. Am I ready for a Hip Replacement?

 Hip Replacement surgery is performed with the hip joint has reached a point when the painful symptoms are no longer being controlled by non-operative treatments. In a hip replacement surgery, your surgeon removes the damaged the joint surface and replaces it with an artificial implant.

Some surgeons don’t advise this procedure for several reasons. First, there are no good studies that show this procedure is any better than a traditional hip replacement, and feel the results are worse. Second, very few surgeons have been performing this procedure for more than two years. This technique is difficult to perform, and learning this new procedure can be difficult. Third, by relying on x-ray guidance, some surgeons fell this technique is less precise and may result in poor positioning of the artificial hip implant. And finally, there are a limited number of implant options with the two-incision hip replacement, and some surgeons feel they are not able to use the optimal artificial hip implant.


  1. Risks of a Hip Replacement

 Hip replacement surgery has become quite popular, but there are still risks. Fortunately, well over 90% of patients who undergo hip replacement surgery have good results.

You should have a thoughtful discussion with your doctor prior to hip replacement surgery and make sure to have all your questions answered.

5 Problems with Hip Replacements:

  • Leg Length Inequality
  • Hip Replacement Dislocation
  • Infection of a Hip Replacement
  • Blood Clot
  • Recall of Hip Implants


  1. Hip Replacement Rehabilitation

 Hip replacement Surgery is usually successful, but the success of the procedure is partly due to the rehabilitation period that follows surgery. For patients to expect good results, they must be an active rehab participant.

Most patients start working with a physical therapist as soon as the surgical procedure has been performed. The emphasis in the early stages of rehab is to maintain motion of the hip and ensure that the patient can walk safely.


  1. Alternative to Hip Replacements:

 A total knee replacement is a major surgery, and deciding to have the surgery done is a big decision. Treatment should begin with the most basic option and progress to the more involved, which may include surgery. Not all treatments are appropriate for every patient.


Some non-operative treatment options include:

  • Regenerative Therapies
    • Platelet-Rich Plasma – Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) consists of concentrated platelets and growth factors that promote healing and regeneration of injured tissues. PRP is derived from your own body, and is 100% natural. PRP injections are an increasingly popular alternative to surgery and addictive medications. Although still investigational, these therapies have proven to be effective for patients of all ages. To harvest PRP, a small sample of blood is drawn into a specialized collection system and then centrifuged at high speeds to isolate the growth factors and platelets. Because the blood drawn is used for a therapy treatment on the same patient, there is no risk of a transmissible infection or allergic reaction. These therapies are a safe, nonsurgical treatment option for most chronic pain conditions, wound care, and aesthetic abnormalities.


  • Stem Cell therapy:
    • Stem cell therapy has some of the most exciting treatment potential in medicine today. Stem cells are the body’s master cells. They are undifferentiated cells which allow them to develop into other types of cells that are required to repair or replace damaged tissue. Stem cells can stimulate the formation of cartilage, tendon, ligaments, bone and fibrous connective tissues. Stem cells have been clinically and scientifically proven to effectively treat most chronic pain conditions, accelerate the healing, and reduce scarring. A high volume of stem cells is obtained from the patient’s own bone marrow or fat tissue (adipose). Once the stem cells have been concentrated, they are injected into damaged areas of the body to promote regeneration and healing. These therapies are a safe, nonsurgical treatment option for most chronic pain conditions, wound care, and aesthetic abnormalities.


  • A2M:
    • Alpha 2 macroglobulin, or A2M injection therapy, uses proven scientific techniques and natural healing methods to successfully treat osteoarthritis at its source. It is used to prevent cartilage breakdown in patients, promote tissue growth and support the overall restoration of an affected joint. Scientific evidence points to A2M to be the key to stopping osteoarthritis at the molecular level. A2M is a Broad Spectrum Multi-Purpose Protease Inhibitor ( a powerful chemical in destroying proteins that cause arthritis) that captures and inactivates the three major chemicals that lead to joint breakdown and cartilage damage. Once these bad chemicals are trapped by A2M, the body can then quickly eliminate them. The results of this milestone research study suggest that therapeutic injection of concentrated A2M may inhibit the breakdown of cartilage and shut down the destructive inflammatory proteins in the joint. Additionally, it is noted that early intervention may be critical for preventing or minimizing the development of post-traumatic Osteoarthritis (OA). An injection of A2M during the acute phase of an injury is proving to be a powerful tool in preventing progressive arthritis in the affected joints. This can be especially powerful in preventing arthritis which often occurs after an ACL Repair. In addition, there is data suggesting that there is also a regenerative component to A2M which can further help the joint, spinal disc or soft tissue recover. All along, while you have been experiencing pain from an injury, or just normal wear and tear, you have been carrying around the cure! The A2M protein is made in your liver. Using special binding sites, it will bind and trap bad enzymes that are destroying your cartilage. Once each of A2M’s binding sites is occupied, the A2M and the disabled enzymes are removed by your body naturally. This is called suicide inhibition.


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