As we get older our bodies won’t work or function as well as they used to.  In many situations our bodies will start to fall apart as they say and need to be replaced a piece at a time.  One of the most common areas that will need to be replaced will be the hip.  With a hip replacement, we are removing the hone and replacing it with a strong material that will work and perform just as well if not better than our natural hip.

hip replacement

Your weight

The first component a doctor will look at to determine if you are a good candidate for a hip replacement is your weight.  If you are overweight or if you don’t fall into a specific weight class, then a doctor may deny you for this surgery. 

Your weight plays a major role in the ease of performing the surgery in the first place, the likelihood of infections and rejections after and the overall stress and strain that you will place on the device during its lifetime.  If you don’t fall into and maintain this level of weight, then you may end up needing another replacement.

Age

Another issue will be your age.  Many doctors won’t perform a replacement on anyone under seventy years of age.  The reason for this will be the strain that you will ultimately put on the device.  If you are older then you are less likely to be active which will result in the device lasing much longer.

Physical activity

What physical activity are you going to be in?  If you are going to be highly active then a replacement may be a good idea, but then again, the doctor will take in weight and age as a consideration.  Before you fall into the situation where you need to have a replacement, talk to your doctor, see what they can do to ensure that you are in the best position to receive the replacement and it will benefit you the rest of your life.