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| Non-surgical Alternatives
to Hip Resurfacing
Before deciding on hip resurfacing, your physician may try several non-surgical, conservative measures to relieve the pain and inflammation in your hip.
Exercise and Physical Therapy
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed to decrease the inflammation associated with arthritis. A new classification of NSAIDs, called Cox-2 inhibitors, are often very effective in decreasing pain.
In a small number of cases, the doctor may prescribe corticosteroids, such as prednisone or cortisone, if NSAIDs are not effective. However, due to the higher rate of side effects associated with corticosteriods, a physician must closely monitor their use.
There exist a number of non-surgical alternatives to total hip replacement surgery. Such measures as lifestyle modification, exercise and physical therapy, and medication should be implemented before deciding on surgery. If all of these measures have been exhausted and your orthopedist recommends surgical intervention, BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing can be very successful in decreasing pain and greatly improving function.