People with hip osteoarthritis may eventually need to have a hip replacement. While surgery is considered a last resort, after conservative treatment no longer controls pain and quality of life has diminished, hip replacement surgery is not uncommon. More than 300,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed in the United States each year.
Knowing what to expect before, during, and after surgery will help you achieve a successful outcome. For example, after surgery, preventing dislocation of the hip prosthesis is a primary concern. There are precautions you must follow (e.g., limitations placed on bending and crossing legs). Certain assistive devices may make it easier for you to follow the precautions. Usually, your physical therapist or occupational therapist will recommend that you purchase a hip kit. Learn more in What Is a Hip Kit?
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