What is a Total Hip Replacement?
The hip joint, made up of the pelvis bone and the head of the femur (thighbone), is vital to your ability to perform everyday activities. When injury, arthritis, necrosis or hip disease damage the cartilage and bone of this integral joint, debilitating pain and severely limited mobility can result. Patients suffering from severe dilapidation of the hip joint may find conservative treatments to be insufficient. In these cases, orthopedic specialists sometimes recommend a surgical solution called a total hip replacement procedure. Medically, this is also known as a total hip arthoplasty.
Hip replacements are often performed upon patients who:
- Experience stiffness in a hip that inhibits leg movement
- Cannot obtain pain relief from anti-inflammatory medication, walking supports or strategic physical therapy
- Encounter consistent hip pain that hinders them from pursuing the daily activities they love
During a total hip replacement, a surgeon removes impaired bone and cartilage. Then, he or she will replace the inadequate components of the joint with specially-constructed prosthetics. Total hip replacements usually involve:
- Placing a metal stem in the hollow center of the femur to ensure stability
- Trading the damaged femoral head for a metal or ceramic ball-like structure
- Implementing a metal socket to assume the role of the comprised cartilage surface of the pelvis
- Inserting a ceramic, metal or plastic spacer between the new parts of the hip joint to ensure smooth and flowing movement
Although most patients who undergo total hip replacements are between the ages of 50 and 80, this surgery can be extremely effective for people of all ages who may suffer. At OrthoCARE Institute, we will evaluate your candidacy for total hip replacement based upon your unique physical condition, as well as your goals and preferences. Generally, we recommend surgery only after conservative options fail to provide adequate improvement.
Our Treatment Approach
Total hip replacements are among the most commonly performed joint surgeries. When non-surgical treatments do not yield significant healing, your doctor may recommend a hip replacement procedure to bring about optimal results and improve your quality of life.
At OrthoCARE Institute, our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons regularly help patients repair damaged hip joints through conservative treatments and, when necessary, surgery. During your consultation at OrthoCARE Institute, one of our orthopedic specialists will carefully examine your condition. This allows us to create a personalized treatment plan designed to address your individual complication. If conservative treatments are unlikely to supply satisfactory relief, a total hip replacement surgery may become necessary.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your orthopedic surgeon may be able to conduct your total hip replacement procedure using minimally invasive techniques. Minimally invasive total hip replacement surgeries reconstruct the hip joint through small incisions, leading to shorter recovery times, minimal scarring and less damage to surrounding tissues.
For more information about total hip replacements or OrthoCARE Institute, please call us directly at 972-573-7802 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you!