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When should I consider having surgery?

First, have a discussion with your doctor.  The decision to have surgery is typically made based on the answers to the following questions: 

  • How much is the arthritis interfering with your lifestyle?
  • How much pain is it causing?
  • What are your other medical conditions?

Our recommendations:

  • Try each of the nonsurgical treatments before considering joint replacement surgery.
  • There is generally never any hurry to do a hip replacement.
  • Waiting to have the surgery will not necessarily make recovery more difficult -- recovery is much faster than it used to be.