Based on your medical history, exam, X-rays and response to more conservative treatments, you and your orthopedic surgeon may decide that it's time for a hip replacement. The Joint Center team specializes in the latest total and minimally invasive hip replacement surgical techniques.
A total hip replacement is an operation that removes the arthritic ball of the upper thighbone (femur) as well as damaged cartilage from the hip socket. The ball is replaced with a metal ball that is fixed solidly inside the femur. The socket is replaced with a plastic or metal liner that is usually fixed inside a metal shell. This creates a smoothly functioning joint.
With the minimally invasive anterior hip replacement approach, our orthopedic surgeons can access the hip joint by going between-not through-the hip muscles, thus reducing post-operative pain and recovery time. Traditional total hip replacement surgery requires surgeons to access the hip from beside or behind the joint, a process that requires cutting through obstructing muscle. You and your orthopedic surgeon will determine if this option is right for you.
Hip replacement patients typically use a walker or crutches for two weeks, then progress to a cane. Most patients are advised to take at least one month off from work, and can start resuming normal activities, like driving, in anywhere from two to six weeks. Following your hip replacement team's prescribed rehabilitation regimen - either through outpatient or in-home physical therapy - is the key to your recovery.