Why A Hip Replacement May Be the Best Option

Hip Replacement, STAR Ortho

Your body is designed to go the distance with you, but when a part wears out prematurely, finding a replacement option is preferable to limping along — especially when it comes to your hips. If you struggle with painful hips that prevent you from moving with ease through the world, hip replacement surgery is an incredibly effective option that gives you a new lease on life.

At STAR Ortho, our goal is to ensure that our patients in Rancho Mirage and La Quinta, California, have the freedom to move without pain. And thanks to ever-evolving technology and surgical techniques, we have more options than ever to meet that goal, including total joint replacement.

If you’re on the fence about whether to pursue hip joint replacement, here are a few things you should consider.

By the numbers

The human ability to “grin and bear it” is rather remarkable. In fact, more than 20% of the population in the United States — that’s about 50 million people — say they live with chronic pain. While we admire the nation’s fortitude in the face of pain, we don’t believe that pain should be a life sentence without the possibility of parole. When it comes to your major joints, this reprieve comes in the form of joint replacement.

In recent years, orthopedic surgeons routinely perform more than 330,000 hip replacements each year, and this number is expected to rise to 572,000 by the year 2030 thanks to an aging population, as well as the success of hip replacement.

Taking stock

While the numbers above may be impressive, they’re only meant to illustrate how many people are successfully regaining their active lives through hip replacement. Now it’s time to take a look at whether your life might be improved by hip replacement surgery.

To do this, let’s take a look at a six questions posed by Harvard Health:

  1. Are you struggling with routine daily tasks because of a bad hip?
  2. Are you in constant pain that persists despite medications or rest?
  3. Have we ruled out a simpler surgical procedure?
  4. Do you have arthritis (which is degenerative) and significant joint damage?
  5. Are you worn down physically, mentally, and emotionally by your bad hip?
  6. Are you suffering from side effects from your medications?

If you’ve answered Yes to most of these questions, it’s time to sit down with us to review whether you’re a good candidate for hip replacement surgery.

The replacement

Hip replacement surgery is designed to restore your quality of life by eliminating the components of your joint that are causing you pain. Your hip is a fairly simple, albeit large, ball-and-socket joint, and in most hip replacement scenarios, arthritis is the culprit behind the damage.

With osteoarthritis, your cartilage wears down, which allows your bones to rub together painfully. With rheumatoid arthritis, the disease attacks your synovial membrane, causing inflammation, stiffness, and pain.

During a hip replacement, we remove the damaged head of your femur and fit it with a femoral stem made out of metal. Then we place a new ball onto the stem. After removing the damaged cartilage from your socket, we replace it with a metal socket. The final step is the placement of a spacer in between the two components to allow for easy movement.

Wherever we can, we use minimally invasive surgical techniques to cut down on the risks and speed up your recovery. In fact, we may have you up and moving the day after your surgery. Over the course of the following six weeks, you’ll regain progressive mobility with the help of a physical therapist, and you’ll begin to enjoy the freedom of moving without pain.


If you’d like to learn more about whether hip replacement is your best option, please feel free to give us a call. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.

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