Non-Surgical Alternatives

Non-Surgical Alternatives to Hip Replacement

Prior to undergoing any surgical procedures, there are some nonoperative, conservative options for treating your hip pain that Dr. Rogerson will consider.

Glucosamine/Chondroitin

In some cases, Dr. Rogerson may prescribe corticosteroids, such as prednisone or cortisone, if NSAIDs do not relieve pain. Please note, however, that all medications have risks and should only be taken under the direction of Dr. Rogerson.

Anti-inflammatory Medications

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs, may help temporarily treat inflammation and pain in the hip joint. Please note, however, that all medications have risks and should only be taken under the direction of Dr. Rogerson.

Physical Therapy

An exercise program may be prescribed to strengthen the muscles in the hip joint and in many cases improve positioning of the hip and relieve pain.


undefinedWho is a Candidate for Total Hip Replacement?

There are no absolute age or weight restrictions for total hip replacements.

Recommendations for surgery are based on a patient's pain and disability, not age. However, most patients who undergo total hip replacement are age 65 to 80 and suffering from degenerative arthritis. Dr. Rogerson evaluates each of his patients individually.

Potential Risks of Hip Replacement

Potential Risks of Hip Replacement

No surgery is without risk. Understanding the risks of surgery is necessary in order to make an informed decision about your desire for surgery. Anesthesia in surgery places increased stress on the body. Serious complications such as heart attack, stroke or even death have been reported. Fortunately, these occurrences are extremely rare. A thorough medical evaluation prior to surgery minimizes these risks. Infection is also a very serious complication of joint replacement. Many precautions are taken to avoid infection and as a result, the risk of infection is very low (less than 0.5%). Further surgery would be necessary if infection should occur. Blood clots can occur after hip surgery but this occurrence has been minimized by the routine use of special “pump” stockings, thigh high compression stockings, and oral blood thinners after surgery. Even rarer complications could include artery or nerve damage or fractures of the bones near the hip. Most patients want to know how long they can expect their artificial hip to last. Over an extended period of time, the hip prosthesis may work loose from the bone. This occurs when the bond between the bone and the plastic cement breaks down. Even though this is the most common cause of artificial joint failure, it is quite unusual. More than 90% of artificial hips continue to function well after 10 years. If an artificial hip becomes loose and painful, it can usually be repaired with a second operation. Only rarely does a hip prosthesis become loose prior to 10 years.

We are here for you, this is too important of a decision to make without the proper information.

Please set-up an appointment to discuss your next step with Dr. Rogerson.

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