Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip Joint Replacement Surgery

One of the most common orthopedic surgical procedures, Total Hip Replacement Surgery (Hip Arthroplasty) is commonly done for patients who suffer from a significant form of joint degeneration, including post-traumatic arthritis (brought on by an injury), osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Hip joint replacement surgery is also done for patients who have suffered a broken hip, outlived their hip implants, hip dislocation, has bone tumors or has experienced a loss of blood supply to the area. All of these conditions will most likely require a ball-and-socket replacement for your hip joint.

Damage to the hip joint can cause chronic pain and make everyday task like walking or even lying down very uncomfortable. Most patients will try a combination of non-surgical treatments like physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication in an effort reduce pain and avoid a surgical procedure. Patient who cannot resolve pain using conservative, non-surgical methods are candidates for hip replacement surgery.

Total Hip Replacement

An orthopedic surgeon will remove diseased and damaged cartilage and bone, and then implant a prosthetic ball, socket and a spacer. Total hip replacement can be done as an open procedure or using minimally invasive techniques. Both approaches have their advantages.

A candidate for a minimally invasive procedure (Direct Anterior Approach) is typically younger, thin and healthy. During a Direct Anterior Approach, an orthopedic surgeon will replace the hip joint without cutting through any muscles or tendons. A surgeon will inform you as to what type of procedure and approach are to be used.

Partial Hip Replacement

Partial Hip Replacement (Hemiarthroplasty) – this surgical procedure may be done to treat a patient who has only injured or fractured the femoral bone. This type of injury usually occurs as the result of a fall.

During a partial hip replacement procedure, an orthopedic surgeon will only replace the damaged portion of the hip joint (femoral head). The hip socket is not replaced. This procedure is not suitable for a patient with hip arthritis due to the fact that arthritis causes damage to both the hip joint and socket.

Hip Revision

A hip revision is done for a patient who has already had hip replacement surgery and is experiencing pain or joint instability in the artificial hip. Pain and instability in an artificial hip are usually the result of a loose or worn implant, infection, or an injury. This procedure is more complicated than an initial hip replacement. Artificial components are either repaired or replaced.

Hip Resurfacing

The damaged part of the femoral head (ball) is shaved and resurfaced rather than replaced during a hip resurfacing procedure. The socket may be removed and replaced. Hip resurfacing preserves more of the thigh bone than a hip replacement procedure, which improves hip stability and lowers the risk of dislocation. Hip resurfacing may be used as an alternative to joint replacement surgery for somebody who is active, male, under 60 and still has healthy bone.

Is It Time To See An Orthopedic Doctor?

If you are experiencing chronic hip pain or stability issues, make an appointment with an orthopedist at The Center For Musculoskeletal Disorders in NY or NJ. Our physicians diagnose, evaluate and treat musculoskeletal conditions based on the individual needs of a patient.

Over 80% of our hip patients will be able to reduce pain and restore functionality using non-surgical treatments methods. If hip surgery is needed, our highly experienced and committed surgeons use the most advanced techniques available to help patients return to an active lifestyle.

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