Hip Replacement FAQs
Common Questions Patients Have About Hip Replacement Surgery
When you have pain in your hip, surgery is usually not your first choice. But when a new joint is necessary, it’s important to consult with and seek help from an expert in the field of joint replacement. Board-certified and fellowship-trained Dr. Todd Sekundiak, provides joint replacement care that delivers exceptional results at our office in Fargo, ND. Our joint replacement program is designed to help you return to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
Learn more about what to expect from your hip replacement surgery, including the typical outcomes and expected recovery.
What are the main sources of hip pain?
Arthritis is one of the main reasons people experience hip pain, which includes osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Learn more about what causes hip pain.
Who should have hip replacement surgery?
If you have hip pain that interferes with your daily life, and other treatments have not been successful, talk with a hip specialist about hip replacement.
Am I a candidate?
Your overall health and activity level are important factors in determining the best treatment for your hip injury or condition, but there are no definite weight or age restrictions. Age is less important now than it used to be, especially due to advancements in artificial parts. For more information about your candidacy, contact your orthopaedic surgeon.
What treatments are typically recommended before surgery?
Depending on the source of your pain, other treatments may be recommended before your procedure. Your doctor may recommend certain exercises and medication first, or the use of a walking aid.
What are the benefits?
Surgery is very effective in decreasing pain, increasing mobility, and improving the quality of life.
How long is the recovery process?
The average long-term recovery can take 3-6 months, in addition to physical therapy.
Why type of physical therapy is needed after surgery?
A physical therapist will help teach you exercises to strengthen your hip, like contracting and relaxing muscles. They will also teach you the proper way to bend and sit, as well as other daily activities to prevent injury after your procedure.