When hip pain from osteoarthritis severely affects one's quality of life, surgery becomes an option worth considering. This video discusses when it is appropriate to consider hip surgery as well as the two major types of hip surgery for arthritis.
There are two major components to treating hip osteoarthritis. The first is taking away the inflammation from the joint to alleviate the pain; the other is to make sure we address the biomechanics to take the pressure off the hip so that the inflammation doesn’t return.
When the pain from hip osteoarthritis is not responding to non-surgical care or to aggressive non-surgical care, and when that pain is continuing to interfere with a person’s quality of life, it is certainly appropriate to have a conversation with a hip surgeon about the different surgical alternatives that may be appropriate.
There are two general categories of surgery for hip osteoarthritis. One is arthroscopically going in and simply cleaning out the hip, which is a relatively small surgery. The other is replacing the hip, and going in with a total hip replacement to replace the arthritic parts. Obviously a total hip replacement is a bigger surgery, but it is definitely worth a comprehensive conversation with a hip surgeon about these alternatives if the pain is still limiting a person’s quality of life.