Hip fusion involves the permanent bonding of the thigh bone to the pelvis. This is achieved with screws that lock the hip in its place.
Also Known As:
- Hip surgery
- Hip joint fusion
- Hip arthrodesis
Conditions Treated with Hip Fusion:
Hip fusion is utilized to treat conditions such as hip injury, hip pain, chronic sepsis and arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the hip.
Non-surgical alternatives to hip fusion include pain medication, physical therapy, strength training and anti-inflammatory medications. Some patients find relief from losing weight or wearing a hip brace. A surgical alternative to hip fusion is total hip replacement.
Anesthesia with Hip Fusion:
Hip fusion is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Hip Fusion:
Possible risks following hip fusion include bleeding, infection and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. In some cases, the bones fail to grow together, and some patients find that they experience reduced mobility following the procedure.
Prognosis after Hip Fusion:
The prognosis for a positive end result following hip fusion is excellent. In most cases, patients experience relief from joint pain.