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Mayo Clinic gives information on hip implants

According to the Mayo Clinic, hip replacement surgery is meant to relieve pain and to increase the mobility and function of a damaged hip joint.

But doctors may recommend other treatment first, including pain medication, physical therapy, exercise and the use of a cane or a walker.

The clinic’s Website says the following conditions might make surgery necessary:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Broken hip
  • Bone tumor
  • Osteonecrosis, which occurs when there is inadequate blood supply to the ball portion of the hip joint

Symptoms that might lead you to consider hip replacement include:

  • Persistent pain, despite pain medication
  • Pain aggravated by walking, even with a cane or walker
  • Poor sleep due to pain
  • Difficulty going up or down stairs
  • Trouble rising from a seated position
  • Inability to participate in formerly enjoyable activities because of pain

But problems may not necessarily end with hip replacement surgery. Thousands of patients who received metal-on-metal hip implants from DePuy Orthopaedics have filed lawsuits over problems that the implants caused.

Complaints include widespread failures of the devices within only a few years, as well as toxic metal debris breaking off and getting in patients’ bloodstream.

See the Mayo Clinic information here: