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Hip replacement surgery, also known as hip arthroplasty, is a complex procedure that can significantly relieve pain and immobility caused by arthritis or other degenerative conditions affecting the hip joint. Hip replacement is an extremely successful surgery and has been called “The operation of the century.”
Hip replacement surgeries have become increasingly common over the years due to advancements in medical technology and improved patient outcomes. The long-term effectiveness of hip replacement has improved drastically over time, with more than 90% of hips surviving for more than 10 years after implantation.
If debilitating pain in your hip affects your active lifestyle, schedule a consultation at JIS Orthopedics to find out if you are a candidate for hip replacement surgery. Our experienced team of orthopedic specialists will work with you to assess your individual needs and determine the best course of action for you to gain back mobility and enjoy an improved quality of life.
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Hip replacement surgery, also known as total hip arthroplasty (THA), is a major orthopedic procedure used to treat arthritic or damaged hip joints. The hip joint is a ball and socket joint and one of the largest joints in the entire body.
The surgery involves the removal of the diseased bone, cartilage, and tissue from the hip joint and replacing it with artificial components. This surgery relieves pain and helps restore mobility to the patient, allowing them to enjoy an active lifestyle again.
Hip replacement surgery is a procedure that involves removing the damaged joint and replacing it with an artificial hip implant. The procedure is designed to reduce pain and improve mobility but does not always address the underlying cause of hip pain or instability.
On the other hand, hip preservation surgery aims to preserve as much of the existing joint structure as possible while correcting any deformities or abnormalities present. This type of surgery is often recommended for younger patients who are not ready for a full hip replacement but still need relief from their symptoms. Patients with significant arthritis are not candidates for hip preservation surgery.
Depending on the patient’s condition and activity level, either hip replacement surgery or hip preservation surgery may be the best course of action.
The two main types of hip replacement surgery are anterior hip replacement and posterior hip replacement. Both of these hip surgeries are explained in detail below.
Anterior hip replacement surgery is a type of hip replacement procedure in which an incision is made at the front of the hip. This approach provides access to the hip joint without the need to detach muscles or tendons from their attachment sites around the hip joint, leading to less postoperative pain and faster rehabilitation times.
During this procedure, a surgeon removes any damaged bone and cartilage, installs prosthetic components into the femur (thigh bone) and acetabulum (hip socket), and then repositions the soft tissue around the joint. Postoperative rehabilitation is typically shorter than with other types of hip replacement surgeries.
Posterior hip replacement surgery is a type of surgery that replaces the damaged cartilage and bone with artificial parts. This procedure can relieve pain caused by hip joint damage and restore function to the hip joint.
During the procedure, an incision is made on the back side of the hip, which is the posterior aspect. The surgeon then removes the damaged end of the femur (femoral head) and acetabulum (socket). The artificial parts are then inserted into place, and the incision is closed up with sutures.
Recovery time can vary depending on several factors such as age, overall health, type of procedure, and patient’s lifestyle. Patients can typically return to normal activities after a total hip replacement with physical therapy.
Some of the conditions that can be treated by having hip replacement surgery include:
Hip implants may be recommended for those who suffer from chronic hip pain that has not responded to other forms of treatment. Typically, these patients are adults aged 50 or older. However, younger people with severe arthritis can also benefit from the procedure.
In some cases, a person’s occupation or lifestyle can put them at risk for developing hip problems and may necessitate hip replacement surgery.
Common signs that a person might need hip replacement surgery include pain in the hip joint, difficulty with walking or standing for long periods of time, limited range of motion in the joint, and a grinding sensation when moving the affected area. Other symptoms, such as swelling around the joint, can also be indicative of needing to have hip replacement surgery.
Hip replacements are typically done under general anesthesia and take around 1 hour. During a hip replacement procedure, your surgeon will remove any damaged cartilage and bone in the area before replacing them with new pieces made from synthetic materials. The new material may be metal or plastic, depending on your individual needs.
After the procedure, most patients are able to discharge home on the day of the surgery. Your doctor may recommend that you use crutches or a walker as part of a physical therapy plan to help you regain strength and mobility in your new hip joint.
Additionally, regular follow-up appointments with an orthopedic surgeon, even weeks after surgery, are essential to ensure that the artificial implant works as it should and that no further issues have developed, such as blood clots or infections.
These visits may involve x-rays or other imaging tests to assess how well the implant has settled into place. Any unusual signs of pain, swelling, or other complications should be reported to your doctor immediately for further evaluation and treatment.
At JIS Orthopedics, we believe that personalized, patient-focused care is essential for successful outcomes. Our surgeons are world-renowned experts in hip replacement and have taught hundreds of surgeons our specialized technique.
We strive to ensure that each patient receives the best possible outcome from their hip replacement surgery. Working with us, you can be assured that your procedure will be conducted with safety, expertise, compassion, and respect.
We look forward to helping you move forward without pain or discomfort! Contact us today to schedule a consultation at one of our locations in New Albany or St. Clairsville, Ohio.
If you are experiencing hip pain, schedule an appointment with JIS Orthopedics today. We have offices conveniently located in New Albany and St. Clairsville, OH. Our hip specialists are ready to help you relieve your hip pain!