Total Hip Replacement
Anyone can experience hip pain due to injury or disease, such as pelvic fracture, avascular necrosis, or osteoarthritis. The truth is, hip pain and dysfunction is no respecter of age. It affects everyone from athletic teenagers to arthritic seniors.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Sometimes the best course of action (when anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, or other treatments no longer work) is Total Hip Replacement, also known as Hip Arthroplasty. At Orthopedic ONE, we’ve performed thousands of inpatient – and sometimes outpatient – Total Hip Replacement surgeries to reduce pain and restore hip function.
What Happens During a Total Hip Replacement
During Total Hip Replacement, the surgeon replaces your hip’s damaged ball-and-socket joint with metal or ceramic components.
To begin, the surgeon removes any damaged cartilage and bone, as well as the head of the thighbone or femur. The surgeon then hollows out the end of the femur to make room for the metal replacement component known as a femoral stem.
The femoral stem is placed inside the hollowed-out portion, and a metal or ceramic ball known as the femoral head is fitted to the stem. To help ensure that the joint moves smoothly, the surgeon uses a plastic liner or spacer between the new ball and socket joint. Components may be screwed, cemented, or press-fitted into place.
Total Hip Replacement Recovery
Recovery includes physical therapy, some modification of activity (no running!), and careful compliance with your surgeon’s post-operative instructions.
Take a look at this video to see for yourself how Total Hip Replacement can dramatically reduce your pain and increase your mobility: