Hip replacement surgery is one of the more common and successful operations performed, allowing patients to regain function and improve quality of life.

The most common reason for hip replacement is osteoarthritis of the hip joint. This is a wear and tear condition which can, at times, also occur in young patients. Other indications for surgery include inflammatory joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or for conditions such as avascular necrosis. 

The surgery is indicated if non operative measures have failed to adequately control the patient's pain. At this stage, the pain can decrease a patient's ability to enjoy his or her life and significantly interfere with day to day activity. Dr Horsley uses an anterolateral approach to the hip joint because of the lower risk of complications such as hip dislocation following surgery. 

For more information visit AAOS, Ortho info:   
Total hip replacement
Osteoarthritis of the hip

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