Hip replacement aims to relieve the pain associated with hip conditions and to improve the function of the hip joint. The painful joint is removed and replaced by an artificial joint. John will discuss with you the benefits, downsides and alternatives of hip replacement and answer all of your questions.
The most common reason for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis. Other conditions that can damage the hip include rheumatoid arthritis, osteonecrosis (or avascular necrosis, which is death of bone due to poor blood supply), injury, fracture and bone tumours.
Today, age is less of a factor when deciding if hip replacement is suitable. Your overall health and activity level are more important in predicting success with hip replacement. This is why we focus so much on the pre-habilition phase.
Your rehabilitation is tailored to your needs and preferences. We have access to the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs offered by the St John of God Ballarat Hospital Rehabilitation Department.
Although hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful orthopaedic surgeries performed, sometimes the hip replacement fails with time and a revision hip replacement needs to be performed.
Reasons for hip revision include:
• loosening of implants
• wearing of implant (this may take 15–20 years these days)
• fracture or dislocation
• bone loss
Revision surgery is more complex than first time hip replacement. John has a special interest and extensive training in this type of surgery.