Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip joint is a common cause of pain and disability in the elderly.
Commonly referred to as the “wear and tear” arthritis, OA can make movement and doing daily tasks harder. Some people with OA may need assistance from others and may not live their lives on their own.
A procedure called total hip arthroplasty can help improve the quality of life for many older people with OA. And it may even help them live longer. That’s according to a Swedish study published in the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.
This study suggests that hip replacement can add years to life and even life to years in the elderly population. The research team analyzed about 132,000 residents in Sweden, 68 years old on average, who had a total hip replacement between 1999 and 2012.
They found out that there’s a 1 percent survival rate on the patients’ first year after surgery; 3 percent after five years; and 2 percent higher after 10 years.
Although the surgery is not an assurance that one would live longer; it increases the chances of surviving longer and improving the quality of life.
Who can benefit from hip replacement surgery?
People who suffer from osteoarthritis and have not found any relief from simpler treatments such as lifestyle changes, medications, and physical therapy can benefit from hip replacement surgery. It is often the recommended treatment for end-stage hip joint osteoarthritis.
Ozark Orthopaedics has surgeons who are trained in the latest surgical advances for doing hip replacement surgery. If you want to find out more if this surgery is a good option for you, you can request an appointment by calling us at (479) 521-2752.