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FAQs About Hip Replacement

Read these frequently asked questions about hip replacement surgery, including the typical outcomes and recovery time.

hip replacement recovery in kirklandWhat 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.

Who should have a hip replacement procedure?

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 for hip replacement surgery?

Your overall health and activity level are important factors in determiningthe best treatment for your hip injury or condition, but there are not definite weight or age restrictions for a hip replacement. Age is less important now than it used to be when recommending a hip replacement, especially due to advancements in artificial parts. For more information about your candidacy, contact your orthopedic surgeon.

What treatments are typically recommended before hip replacement surgery?

Depending on the source of your pain, other treatments may be recommended before a hip replacement procedure. Your doctor may recommend certain exercises and medication first, or the use of a walking aid. 

What are the benefits of hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement surgery is very effective in decreasing pain, increasing mobility, and improving the quality of life. 

How long is recovery from hip replacement surgery?

The average long term recovery for a hip replacement procedure can take 3-6 months. Your orthopaedic doctor will advise you when you can resume normal activities.

Why is physical therapy needed after a hip replacement?

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 a hip replacement.

Schedule an orthopaedic evaluation with Dr. Fuchs in Kirkland, WA, to find out if hip replacement surgery is your best treatment option.