Ankylosing spondtliyis is a disabling condition affecting young patients. It begins with pain and stiffness in the lower back and can spread to involve other joints. The hips and other joints are affected by an inflammatory arthritis. Secondary osteoarthritis of the hip joints result and may need a hip replacement.
Total Hip Replacement (THR) is recommended when the patient is suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteonecrosis, Injury of the hip joint, or some bone tumors have been diagnosed that are adversely affecting the hip joint. Additionally, if the patient has any of the following conditions then hip replacement is required:
Affected joints are painful and swollen. Later deformities develop. Finally the joints become stiff and deformed. The spine also develops a progressive deformity and the patient stoops forward. Hips develop bony fusion. Movement becomes very difficult. The patient can move only by swinging his pelvis.