Common myths surrounding hip replacement surgery
If you’ve been having trouble with your hip, there might come a time when you wonder if hip replacement surgery is right for you. Having the correct information to hand is key to ensure you make an informed and accurate decision. Here are some common myths regarding hip surgery debunked.
Age impacts whether you have hip replacement surgery or not
One of the most common misconceptions is that you need to be in a certain age bracket to qualify for hip replacement surgery. People often believe that if you’re too old it’s not worth the hassle, but if you’re too young, it could lead to further complications.
The truth is, how old you are needn’t be the determining factor of whether you have hip surgery or not. Indeed, Prince Philip underwent the procedure at the ripe old age of 96, while Sir Andy Murray had his hip replaced at just 31.
Since surgery techniques and aftercare are now more sophisticated than before, procedures are safer and quicker, with improved recovery times. This means age is less of a barrier to hip surgery than in the past.
You’re more likely to have a hip replaced after an injury
There’s a common assumption that it’s mainly those who have experienced an accident or injury to their hip that are prime candidates for hip replacement surgery. Although these groups of people do qualify for a new hip, it’s more often those who have suffered from arthritis for years or wear and tear that seek a new hip.
It will take a long time to get back on your feet
Many people put off hip replacement surgery as they think the recovery time will be too long. They often assume they’ll be laid up for weeks in bed, unable to move. This may have been the case in the past, but advances in surgical techniques mean things have changed considerably. Indeed, some patients are up on their feet on the same day of surgery, with full recovery occurring in just a matter of months.
Although there are complications involved with any surgical procedure, contrary to what some might believe, post-surgery problems are very rare in hip operations. Modern techniques have made procedures far safer than ever before, and if you choose a skilled surgeon with lots of experience, then any potential risks plummet even further.