How Long Do Hip Replacements Last?
A hip replacement (or hip arthroplasty) is a surgery that increases your mobility after suffering from an injured hip joint or degenerative hip. The surgery can also help decrease the pain you may feel in your hip.
In some cases, you may need a second hip replacement surgery later in life (after your first surgery). The second surgery can help maintain the quality of life and mobility that your first hip surgery afforded to you.
Why Hip Replacement Surgery?
Arthritis (or Osteoarthritis) is the most frequent reason for hip replacement surgery. It causes bone-on-bone scraping of the hip joint which can cause pain and swelling and ultimately develop into disability. Hip joints are replaced when they become so damaged that pain and discomfort are a continuous issue. A prosthesis is used to replace the painful or diseased joint which helps to alleviate the pain and bring back mobility
Why Does a New Hip Wear Down?
A very common question patients want to know is how long the prosthesis will last and if they may eventually require a second surgery or a “revision surgery”. The answer depends on a few factors.
The main factor is “wear-and-tear”. Your daily activities and lifestyle will be the biggest factor in the length of time a prosthetic is likely to last. The more active you are in your daily life, the more the prosthetic will degrade and vice versa.
Younger patients are more at risk of needing a second hip replacement due to the more active lifestyle and longer wear-and-tear. A second hip replacement won’t be as much of a factor for seniors as it will be for younger people.
Usually, with a total hip replacement, your new hip will last around 15 to 20 years (depending on daily activities and lifestyle). Long-term follow-up by the patient with their orthopedic surgeon is critical for positive longevity of hip replacements.
You want to make sure that your hip replacement is functioning properly with your daily activities so check in with your surgeon often. This will help you avoid potential problems and reduce the chance that a second hip replacement surgery will be necessary.
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The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or other educational medical material.