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Learn more about Hip Arthroplasty

Hip Arthroplasty Overview:

Hip arthroplasty, known colloquially as a hip replacement, is a surgical procedure where a damaged or diseased hip joint is replaced with an artificial joint (prosthesis). This procedure is commonly performed to relieve pain, improve mobility, and enhance the overall quality of life in patients with hip conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, hip fractures, and other degenerative hip disorders that have not responded to conservative treatments.

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During a minimally-invasive hip arthroplasty, smaller incisions are made compared to traditional approaches and special instruments and techniques are used to minimize the damage to the muscles and soft tissues surrounding the hip joint. Once the surgeon locates the hip joint, the femoral head will be dislocated from the acetabulum to expose the damaged joint surfaces. The damaged or arthritic portions of the hip joint will be removed, and artificial joint components typically made of metal, ceramic or plastic are implanted to replace the removed portions of the hip joint.

Hip Arthroplasty Symptoms:

You may be a good candidate for a hip arthroplasty if you’re struggling with any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent Hip Pain: Chronic, severe pain in the hip joint that limits daily activities and is not relieved by conservative measures.
  • Reduced Mobility: Difficulty walking, climbing stairs, or performing routine tasks due to hip stiffness or limited range of motion.
  • Joint Stiffness and Swelling: Inflammation and stiffness in the hip joint, often accompanied by swelling.
  • Pain at Rest: Pain that persists even at rest, affecting sleep and overall comfort.

Conservative Treatments and Hip Arthroplasty Surgery:

Before considering a hip replacement surgery, conservative treatments should be attempted to alleviate pain. These may include:

  • Medications: Pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and joint supplements can help alleviate pain.
  • Physical Therapy: Especially exercises to strengthen the muscles around the hip and improve joint flexibility.
  • Assistive Devices: Canes, crutches, or other assistive devices can reduce stress on the hip joint.
If conservative measures fail to bring relief and the symptoms significantly impact daily life, hip replacement surgery may be recommended. It’s important to talk through your options with a specialist.

At DISC, patients can receive a minimally invasive hip replacement which reduces the size of incisions and muscle disruption, leading to quicker recovery and less pain after the procedure.

Hip Arthroplasty Recovery:

Minimally invasive procedures offer faster recovery times and reduced pain compared to traditional approaches, but recovery from a hip arthroplasty varies based on the individual’s unique needs and it's important for patients to follow their surgeon's instructions post-procedure for optimal results.

Recovery from a hip replacement usually includes:

  • Physical Therapy: Rehabilitation to regain strength and mobility and re-learn proper gait and movement patterns is crucial.
  • Pain Management: ​​ Medications and other pain management strategies are used to ensure the patient stays comfortable during recovery.
  • Gradual Return to Activities: Patients will gradually resume normal activities, with restrictions on high-impact or strenuous activities.

It's essential to consult with an orthopedic surgeon specialist to determine the best treatment plan for your symptoms and individual needs. Schedule a consultation with one of DISC’s leading orthopedic experts to learn more and get back to living pain-free.

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discmdgroup DISC Sports and Spine Center (DISC) is one of America’s foremost providers of minimally invasive spine procedures and advanced arthroscopic techniques. Our individually picked, highly specialized physicians apply both established and innovative solutions to diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate their patients in a one-stop, multi-disciplinary setting. With a wide range of specialists under one roof, the result is an unmatched continuity of care with more efficiency, less stress for the patient, and a zero MRSA infection rate. Read more articles by discmdgroup.

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