When it comes to damage in the lower half of the body or general wear and tear for elders, a doctor may recommend hip replacement in the Fox Valley area. This is a serious procedure, so it's important to think about everything before making this choice. Discuss with the family and doctor what could be the best treatment options to help this area of the body. Here are some things to consider before the surgery. 

Know Recovery Can Be Difficult 

If it's the full joint, it can take a while to help recovery. It takes ample bed rest, medication, and physical therapy to regain mobility. Depending on the patient and the body, it can take weeks to months of rehabilitation in order to get back in good shape. This is due to the doctor having to cut through muscle and bone. Healing can take a while and is both a mental and physical challenge to the patient.

Create Some Lifestyle Changes to Help Relieve Pain

The pain in the area may not be a result of a trauma or elderly age issue. Sometimes pain is brought on through being overweight. When the body carries extra pounds, it's harder to get blood flow to the right places. Additionally, the body has to adjust to the extra weight, which can cause stress to different joints and muscles. By eating better and working out regularly, it will help the overall health of an individual. Not to mention, it will help relieve pain. 

Consider the Doctor Who Performs the Procedure

When making the final decision to get a hip replacement surgery, always think about the doctor who's going to perform the procedure. Research surgeons and get a feel for them as physicians. Ask questions about their process. What experience do they have in performing a specific surgery? 

Just a few things to consider before going through a hip replacement surgery. 

Getting Started

Reach out today to get the care you need by requesting a consultation with one of the bone, joint, muscle, or spine specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI). Please call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online. OSI is Northeast Wisconsin's exclusive provider of Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for Hips & Knees.

The Orthopedic & Sports Institute has convenient locations to serve you. In addition to the flagship facility in Appleton, you will find outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.

OSI now offers a Walk-In Clinic at its Appleton location for new, acute orthopedic injuries.

OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.