Dr. Bates describes how a woman would know that she needs a hip replacement.
Well, your body typically tells you. Hip pain typically is in the area of the groin. It may also be in the buttock region or even the lateral aspect of the thigh. Hip arthritis is more prevalent in the elderly population, as you might imagine; however, some younger populations such as people with rheumatoid arthritis or an inflammatory arthritis, previous trauma, or even a condition called avascular necrosis may be predisposed to having to have a joint reconstruction at an earlier age.
But the signal is primarily pain. That pain is typically aggravated by activities and relieved by rest, and the pain may initially respond to anti-inflammatory medications, modification of activities, but eventually those two become unable to control the pain.
About Dr. Bates, M.D.:
Dr. James E. Bates, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement surgery and sports medicine at Alvarado Hospital. Dr. Bates places his focus in sports medicine and the reconstruction and replacement of damaged bones, joints, and cartilage resulting from sports injuries, traumatic injuries, and tumors of the extremities. He was trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. As an orthopedic surgeon, Navy Flight Surgeon, and Navy Diving Medical Officer, he serves as a consultant to the San Diego-based Navy SEAL Teams.