What's the Best Age to Have a Hip Replacement?

Most hip replacements are performed on older people -- usually between the ages of 60 and 80. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a senior to benefit. Hip replacement is sometimes performed on people in their early years, even their teens, if pain and dysfunction warrant it.

Instead of worrying about your age when it comes to hip replacement, the expert orthopedists at Mehling Orthopedics consider how surgery could improve your quality of life. Don’t use your age as a measure of whether or not you should get a hip replacement. Consider your symptoms and the potential improvements in your quality of life that surgery can bring. 

Reasons you may need a hip replacement

Hip replacement can revolutionize your life, bringing relief from pain, increased energy levels, improved sleep, and better sexual function. While age isn’t typically a determining factor, these are three indicators that may mean you need hip surgery:

High pain levels

A hip replacement can relieve pain from a dysfunctional hip. If you have arthritis, an injury, or a genetic abnormality, it can cause you serious pain in the joint itself as well as radiating into the thigh, groin, and buttock. This pain can compromise your daily activity, sleep, and mood.

General dysfunction

Arthritis can begin to limit your ability to do certain basic movements, such as climb stairs or even walk. If you’ve lost range of motion and have trouble dressing yourself and modifying other daily tasks, surgery is a consideration -- regardless of your age.

Joint stiffness

Joint stiffness seriously limits your ability to move normally. Some people with hip stiffness end up in a permanently flexed position with a stooped posture. This dysfunction can lead to being bedridden or inability to walk without an aid, such as a cane or walker.

Age isn’t as big of a concern

Hip replacement procedures have advanced considerably in the past few 10-15 years. Older versions of the surgery were quite invasive and required long recovery times. Plus, materials used in the past didn’t last as long, so it was recommended you wait until a certain age to reduce the chance that you’d need additional surgeries.

Materials used now in a hip replacement last longer than ever. Newer surgical techniques make the surgery easier on the body with successful outcomes.

Of course, no one goes into surgery without considerable thought, but if other interventions such as joint injections, physical therapy, medications, and weight loss no longer help with pain and dysfunction, hip replacement may be the best option.

If the benefits of hip surgery don’t outweigh the potential risks of the surgery, our providers at Mehling Orthopedics may discourage the procedure. This may be true in people with dementia, poor vascular supply, or severe joint disease. We consider your health history, functional goals, and overall prognosis after surgery when recommending a hip replacement surgery.

If you’re living with serious hip pain, don’t wait until you reach the “right” age for surgery. At Mehling Orthopedics we can help you determine if hip replacement is the right step for you. Call one of our offices today. 

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