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Hip pain can be a debilitating condition that can greatly affect a person’s quality of life. It can limit their ability to perform daily activities and even make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, there are treatment options available, including total hip replacement surgery.

If you’re experiencing hip pain, it’s important to talk to an orthopedic specialist to discuss your treatment options. At JIS Orthopedics, we offer a range of treatment options for hip pain, including total hip replacement surgery. Our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs and goals.

Don’t let hip pain hold you back any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how total hip replacement surgery can help you get back to doing the things you love. We have locations in New Albany and St. Clairsville, Ohio. 

What is Total Hip Replacement Surgery?

Total hip replacement surgery (also known as total hip arthroplasty) is a surgical procedure that involves replacing a damaged or diseased hip joint with an artificial one. 

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint, where the head of the femur (thigh bone) fits into a socket in the pelvis. Over time, the hip joint can become damaged due to wear and tear, injury, or diseases such as arthritis, leading to hip pain and limited mobility.

How Do I Know if I Need Hip Replacement Surgery?

Hip replacement surgery is a major surgical procedure that can be highly effective in reducing pain and improving mobility. It is typically reserved for cases where non-surgical treatments have failed.

So, how do you know if you need hip replacement surgery? Here are some signs to look out for:

  • Hip pain that is persistent and severe: If you have hip pain that doesn’t go away with rest or pain medication, and it’s interfering with your daily activities, it may be a sign that your hip joint is severely damaged.
  • Limited mobility: If your hip pain is making it difficult to walk or move around, and you’re experiencing stiffness or a decreased range of motion in your hip joint, such as difficulty reaching your foot with your hands, it may be a sign that you need a hip replacement.
  • Non-surgical treatments aren’t working: If you’ve tried other treatments, such as physical therapy, medication, and injections, and they haven’t been effective in relieving your hip pain, it may be time to consider hip replacement surgery.
  • Other factors: If you have other health conditions that are affecting your hip joints, such as hip arthritis, and your quality of life is significantly impacted, your doctor may recommend hip replacement surgery.

What Are the Reasons to Have a Hip Replacement Surgery?

While hip replacement surgery is considered a major surgery, there are several reasons why someone may need to undergo hip replacement surgery. These could include the following:

  • Osteoarthritis: One of the most common reasons for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative joint disease that affects the cartilage in the hip joint. As the cartilage wears away, it can lead to pain, stiffness, and limited mobility, which may require hip replacement surgery.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the joints, including the hip joint. Over time, the inflammation can damage the hip joint and cause pain and limited mobility, which may require hip replacement surgery.
  • Trauma or injury: A traumatic injury to the hip joint, such as a fracture or dislocation, can cause severe damage to the joint and require hip replacement surgery.
  • Avascular necrosis: Avascular necrosis is a condition in which the blood supply to the hip joint is disrupted, causing the bone tissue to die. This can lead to pain and limited mobility, which may require hip replacement surgery.
  • Congenital hip disease: Some people are born with hip conditions, such as hip dysplasia or congenital dislocation of the hip, which can cause pain and limited mobility later in life and may require hip replacement surgery.

What Are the Different Types of Hip Replacement Surgeries?

There are several different types of hip replacements that can be performed depending on the extent of damage to the hip joint. The most common types of hip replacement surgeries include total hip replacement and partial hip replacement.

Total hip replacement surgery involves replacing the entire hip joint with an artificial one, including the femoral head, femoral neck, and the acetabulum. This procedure is typically recommended for patients who have severe hip damage or advanced arthritis.

Partial hip replacement surgery or hemiarthroplasty, on the other hand, involves replacing only the damaged portion of the hip joint. This procedure is typically recommended for patients who have damage to the part of the femur or thigh bone that supports the head, or the ball part of the socket. In a partial hip replacement, the surgeon will remove only the damaged part of the hip joint and replace it with an artificial component. This procedure is usually performed to treat hip fractures in certain patients.

Other types of hip replacement surgeries include hip resurfacing, which involves preserving as much bone as possible and replacing the bearing surfaces in the hip joint rather than replacing it entirely, and revision hip replacement, which is a more complex surgery performed when a previous hip replacement has failed.

What Happens During a Total Hip Replacement Surgery?

During a total hip replacement surgery, the surgeon will remove the damaged portions of the hip joint and replace them with artificial components to create a new, fully functioning joint.

The surgery typically begins with the patient being given anesthesia to ensure they are comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon will make an incision in the hip area to access the joint. The surgeon will then carefully remove the damaged portions of the hip joint, including the femoral head and socket, using specialized surgical tools.

Next, the surgeon will insert the artificial components, which may include a metal stem that is inserted into the femur, a metal or ceramic ball that will replace the femoral head, and a metal and plastic socket that will replace the acetabulum. The prosthetic parts are most commonly press fit into place and your bone heals to them, providing long-term fixation. They can also be cemented into place with special bone cement for certain patients.

After the components are securely in place, the surgeon will carefully close the incision using sutures or staples. The surgery typically takes about an hour to complete, and most patients can be discharged on the same day as their surgery.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Total Hip Replacement Surgery?

Total hip replacement recovery after surgery can vary depending on several factors, including the age and overall health of the patient, the extent of the surgery, and the patient’s commitment to rehabilitation.

In general, most patients can have their hip replaced as an outpatient and can begin their recovery in the comfort of their own homes. Prior to discharge, physical therapy may begin with simple exercises like leg lifts and ankle pumps to improve circulation and range of motion.

After leaving the hospital or surgery center, patients will typically continue their rehabilitation with the help of a physical therapist. In the first few weeks after surgery, the focus of physical therapy will be on simple exercises to improve strength and mobility.

Over time, patients will gradually increase the intensity of their physical therapy and may begin to incorporate more challenging exercises and activities like stair climbing, balance training, and resistance training.

Most patients can expect to return to normal activities, including work and exercise, within six to twelve weeks after surgery. However, it is important to remember that every patient is unique and recovery times can vary.

Have More Questions About Hip Replacement Surgery?

If you are suffering from hip pain and are considering total hip replacement surgery, our experienced team at JIS Orthopedics is here to help. We offer a comprehensive range of joint replacement services, including total hip arthroplasty, and are committed to providing personalized care to each of our patients. 

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward regaining your mobility and quality of life. We have locations in New Albany and St. Clairsville, OH for your convenience!

Medically reviewed by Dr. Zackary Byrd

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