Total Hip ReplacementTotal hip replacement is a surgical procedure for replacing the hip joint. During the surgical procedure, the hip socket and the head of the thighbone (femur) are removed and replaced with smooth artificial surfaces.
Total hip replacements are usually performed for severe arthritic conditions, but can also be necessary for other problems, such as hip fracture or avascular necrosis.
A total hip replacement will provide pain relief in 90% - 95% of patients. It will allow you to carry out many normal activities of daily living. Most patients with stiffness in their hip before surgery will regain near-normal motion.
Total Knee ReplacementTotal knee replacement is a surgical procedure that involves removing the knee joint and replacing it with metal and plastic surfaces. This is most commonly performed due to an arthritic knee in which the smooth surface cartilage has worn away and bone is rubbing against bone. When this happens, significant pain and deformity will result. Generally when pain is severe enough to restrict work, recreation, and activities of daily living, a knee replacement is necessary.
This type of surgery should provide pain relief for approximately ten years and may allow you to return to regular activities. About 90% of patients who undergo knee surgery will have better motion but still may not be able to participate in activities that overload the artificial knee. It is important that you follow your physicians and physical therapist's recommendations when it comes to activity after knee replacement.