Hip replacement, or hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves removing damaged bone and cartilage from your hip joint and replacing it with artificial parts made from metal, ceramic, or medical-grade plastic.
We may recommend a hip replacement if you suffer from a painful hip condition that doesn’t improve with conservative treatments, like physical therapy and medications. Hip replacement surgery provides relief from numerous hip problems, including:
We will perform a thorough orthopedic evaluation, including a physical exam and a review of your medical history, to make sure you’re a good candidate for hip replacement surgery. We may also take digital X-rays of your hip.
Before surgery, you receive general, spinal, or regional anesthesia depending on your particular needs. The procedure usually takes a few hours. During this time, we remove damaged tissue from your hip and replace it with an artificial joint. Then, we closes the incision with stitches or staples, which stay in for about two weeks.
After hip replacement surgery, it’s very important that you follow the post-surgical rehabilitation program that we design for you. This may include physical therapy and occupational therapy to help you recover successfully and regain independent functioning.