Who needs a hip replacement operation? Hello. My name is Doctor Dan Albright. I’m an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina. I’ve been in practice here since 1994 and did a fellowship that specialized in hip and knee replacement operations and arthritis surgery in the hip. So who needs a hip replacement operation? Typically it’s someone middle-aged or older. Taking someone 40 years old, that’s pretty young, or fifty or more commonly sixty or seventy years old who’s losing cartilage in the hip and what happens? You start limping. You start hurting in your groin. Your hip is actually located in your groin and that pain can shoot or radiate to your buttock or outer part of your pelvis or down your thigh to your knee. I see lots of people who have knee pain. They actually have hip arthritis and just one reminder that a worn out hip can give you knee pain. Who needs a hip replacement – someone who has tried conservative measures, has tried ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, anti-inflammatories. You should try keeping your weight down. It’s proven that less weight is less hip pain. You should not run a lot. The hip is wearing out so you should try swimming and biking and toning your muscles but not jumping and pounding and running. Injections can help with hip joint injections with steroids sometimes, cortisone steroids. Occasionally a gel shot which is called visco supplementation. Those are the basics. We’ll try some physical therapy sometimes just to tone up muscles and then when these measures do not help and if your x-ray shows loss of cartilage and bone on bone arthritis it’s time to think about a hip replacement. A total hip replacement which is a proven operation. Millions of people have hip replacements. The science is there. The research is there. If you’re interested in talking more about hip replacements. Particularly anterior approach to the hip which I can speak on more later. I’m Doctor Dan Albright and you can go to my website danalbrightmd.com and find my contact information. or you can call appointments at 919-863-6808. I’m happy to see you. Thanks.