RadioMD: Body Language
RadioMD: Body Language

Hip Replacement: A Leg Up On Life!

March 29, 20139 min
Why do people wait so long to seriously consider having a total hip arthroplasty? Fear! Listen to ease your fears and improve your life.Why do people wait so long to seriously consider having a total hip arthroplasty, that's a hip replacement. After all, with over 300,000 hip procedures in America every year, and a 95%-plus favorable outcome rate, why wait? I asked that question of Dr. Richard Schultz, Director of the Orthopedic Division at Scott & White Healthcare's Round Rock Clinic.Dr. Schultz' reply? Fear is a lot of it. It's a big surgery. It's a major undertaking. So people tend to try to put that risk off, which certainly is a reasonable thing. By far and away the most common diagnosis is osteoarthritis, or wear and tear arthritis. By the time people are seriously thinking about a new hip, it not only affects their daily life, but it affects their sleep patterns. Many of these people are very sleep deprived, which brings on depression and other types of issues.

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