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Common questions that people don’t like to ask about hip replacement


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While each individual may have unique concerns and questions regarding hip replacement surgery, there are a few common questions that people may feel uncomfortable asking. These can include:

  1. Will I regain full mobility and be able to participate in all activities after the surgery?

  2. What is the risk of complications or potential problems with the prosthesis in the long term?

  3. How will the surgery impact my sexual activity and intimacy?

  4. Will I need additional surgeries or revisions in the future?

  5. Are there any potential risks or complications specific to my age group (e.g., women over 50)?

  6. Will I be able to return to work and normal daily activities without restrictions?

  7. What impact will the surgery have on my body image and self-confidence?

  8. How will the surgery and recovery process affect my emotional well-being?

It's important to remember that no question is off-limits when it comes to discussing hip replacement surgery with your healthcare provider. Open and honest communication is key to addressing any concerns or uncertainties you may have. Your healthcare team is there to provide support, guidance, and reassurance throughout the entire process.


1. Will I regain full mobility and be able to participate in all activities after the surgery?

  • The primary goal of hip replacement surgery is to relieve pain and restore mobility. While every patient's situation is unique, the majority of individuals experience significant improvement in mobility and are able to participate in a wide range of activities post-surgery. However, the extent of mobility restoration can vary based on factors such as pre-existing conditions and individual healing capacity.

2. What is the risk of complications or potential problems with the prosthesis in the long term?

  • Advances in surgical techniques and implant materials have significantly reduced the risk of complications in the long term. While complications can still occur, they are relatively rare. Regular follow-up appointments and adherence to post-operative care guidelines are essential to monitor the prosthesis and address any potential issues promptly.

3. How will the surgery impact my sexual activity and intimacy?

  • Hip replacement surgery should not have a significant impact on sexual activity and intimacy. The surgical approach is carefully chosen to minimise disruption to surrounding tissues and nerves. Most patients are able to resume their normal sexual activities without any issues.

4. Will I need additional surgeries or revisions in the future?

  • With proper care and adherence to post-operative guidelines, the vast majority of patients enjoy the benefits of their hip replacement for many years, if not decades. While some individuals may require future revisions or additional surgeries due to wear or other factors, advancements in implant technology have increased the longevity of hip replacements.

5. Are there any potential risks or complications specific to my age group (e.g., women over 50)?

  • The risks and complications associated with hip replacement surgery are not specific to age groups such as women over 50. However, individual factors such as bone density, overall health, and pre-existing conditions are taken into consideration during the evaluation process to ensure the best possible outcome.

6. Will I be able to return to work and normal daily activities without restrictions?

  • In most cases, patients can resume their work and normal daily activities without significant restrictions after a successful recovery. However, it is important to follow the guidance of the healthcare team and gradually increase activity levels as advised to optimise the healing process and ensure long-term success.

7. What impact will the surgery have on my body image and self-confidence?

  • Hip replacement surgery can have a profoundly positive impact on body image and self-confidence. By alleviating pain, improving mobility, and restoring function, patients often experience a renewed sense of confidence and improved overall well-being. The ability to engage in activities that were previously limited or impossible can greatly enhance one's body image and self-esteem.

8. How will the surgery and recovery process affect my emotional well-being?

  • The surgery and recovery process can be emotionally challenging for some individuals. It is normal to experience a range of emotions during this time, including anxiety and frustration. However, having a supportive healthcare team, access to resources for emotional support, and engaging in activities that promote well-being can contribute to a positive emotional recovery alongside the physical healing process.

Remember, these answers are provided in the style of Professor Paul Lee, a renowned hip surgeon, but it's always essential to consult with your own healthcare provider for personalised advice and information based on your specific circumstances.


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