Am I Too Young for a Hip Replacement?

If you’re thinking about replacing your hip, you probably have significant pain affecting your quality of life. While we used to reserve this treatment for the elderly, it’s becoming significantly more common in men and women as young as 40.

At Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Dror Paley and our team can guide you through the hip replacement process and whether or not it might be right for you.

When to consider hip replacement

A hip replacement involves surgically removing damaged portions of your hip joints and implanting prosthetic pieces made of ceramic, metal, or hard plastic. This highly effective procedure can significantly reduce your pain and restore hip function, helping you return to an active lifestyle very quickly. 

One of the leading causes of hip pain is osteoarthritis. This degenerative condition often worsens over time, leading to pain and reduced mobility. As your joint health diminishes, you can have difficulty performing even simple daily activities. But, just because you have osteoarthritis, that doesn’t mean joint replacement is your only treatment option. 

Our comprehensive facility provides a wide range of hip pain solutions, ranging from physical and occupational therapy to orthopedics and surgical treatments. For most men and women, we often recommend hip replacement when conservative treatments no longer control your pain. Even younger patients can benefit from hip replacement surgery.

Hip replacements and younger patients

Hip replacements in younger patients have seen a steep increase in recent years, largely because of advancements in surgical techniques and implant technology.

Surgical techniques

New and less invasive advancements have shortened hospital stays and accelerated recovery times in hip replacements. When you undergo a hip replacement now, it’s common to be home within a few days and walking without assistive devices in as little as 2-3 weeks. In many cases, you can even return to work within the same timeframe, though, we make recommendations based on a case by case basis and your job requirements.

Implant technology

In the past, the prosthetic pieces used for a hip replacement typically lasted 15-20 years. So, when considering replacing a hip joint in younger patients, one area of concern was how long the implant will last. On top of that, most 80-year-olds engage in very different physical activities than someone in their 40s. However, advancements in implant technology are continuing to improve the durability and reliability of hip replacements. Research shows that 90% of hip replacement implants are still functioning normally 20 years after surgery, and many are still going strong 35 years later

Because of these changes, men and women previously considered too young for hip replacement are now prime candidates and able to reclaim their active lifestyles.

To see if a hip replacement can help you reclaim your life, contact us by calling Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute or scheduling an appointment online today.