The scoop on Hip Replacement: Is it in your future?

We only have to worry about hip replacement when we fall and break our hip in our eighties, right?  Not true ladies.

In fact, the age for hip-replacements has dropped steadily. Dr. J. Bohannon Mason at OrthoCarolina explained that there are numerous reasons we could need a hip replacement at some point.  The good news is, if we do, we are in extraordinary hands at OrthoCarolina’s Knee and Hip Center.

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Fifty percent of hip replacements are in women.  And the possible age of replacement has dropped steadily into the MID-FORTIES.  Why? Well, turns out hip problems are being diagnosed earlier and doctors are more confident in the better performing orthopedic solutions available.  Training has become advanced in these areas, allowing doctors to make life more comfortable for those who need a solution earlier in life. Dr. Mason said the techniques used now allow preservation of more soft tissue, allowing faster healing.

Life should be about being active and living a pain-free lifestyle.  So, if you are having issue, hip replacement isn’t neccessarily a bad thing.  If needed, it’s usually for one of the following 5 reasons:

  1. Degeneration
  2. Bone Issue
  3. Inflammation
  4. Structural Abnormality
  5. A fall/ injury/ car accident

Some of the above are inevitable conditions that you may be predisposed to have.  You may have a shallow-hip socket or breakdown of cartilage or you may start to suffer pain from chronic artritis.

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What’s also great about the doctors at OrthoCarolina is the approach they take in all instances: they manage symptoms first – trying to correct the issue – before surgery is discussed. After other options have been considered, hip replacement may be offered.

The team is incredibly qualified:

  • They have authored and published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles on joint replacement surgery and more than 30 book chapters on joint replacement surgery.
  • They have been awarded the prestigious Ranawat and Insall awards for the best scientific research in hip and knee replacement numerous times.
  • They are actively involved in the development of joint replacement implants and surgical techniques for hip replacement surgery.

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Here’s a patient testimonial that shows Dr. Mason and the extraordinary process of diagnosis, surgery and recovery.

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OrthoCarolina. You. Improved.

 

 

 

 

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