Dr. O'Connor explains if women should defer hip replacement surgery until they are in better physical shape.
Yes, there is some benefit to deferring surgery while you are working on improving your muscle strength and doing what we would call therapy before surgery. We have to be a little careful though because for some women, they just can’t do that because their hip is so worn out, they have so much pain that they can’t do the exercises.
The other thing we have to be careful about is to make sure that women aren’t delaying too long because if they can’t do the exercises, their muscles are just getting weaker.
About Dr. O'Connor, M.D.:
Dr. Mary O'Connor, M.D., was accepted as a resident in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York in 1985. She joined the orthopedic surgery staff at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida in 1991, and since 2005 has served as department chair. Dr. O'Connor cares for people with hip and knee arthritis, failed joint replacements, and pelvic tumors.