What is a Total Hip Replacement?
Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint. A ball at the end of the femur, the large bone of the upper leg, fits into a socket of the pelvis. Cartilage lines the ball and socket, allowing the joint to move smoothly. Conditions like arthritis, or an injury, such as a fracture can damage the joint’s bones or cartilage. That can cause grinding between the two surfaces, making movements like bending, walking and climbing stairs painful.
Total hip replacement, also known as hip arthroplasty, replaces a worn out or damaged hip joint with an artificial joint, an implant. The ball portion of the implant is usually metal and the socket is usually plastic, a combination that allows the joint to move freely without grinding, reducing the pain for you.
What to Expect with Hip Replacement Surgery?
If your surgeon thinks hip replacement is right for you, then you can look forward to moving easier, with less pain. Although implants don’t last forever, artificial hip joints can last 15-20 years for most people.
Our affiliated orthopaedic surgeons use advanced procedures and new technology to improve results and reduce risks associated with hip replacement surgery.
There are different hip surgery options. Our surgeons perform hip replacement surgery from the front of the thigh (anterior hip replacement), which is minimally invasive and allows for faster healing. You may be a candidate for same-day surgery or your condition may require a one-two night hospital stay. You and your surgeon will talk about which option is best for you.
If possible, you’ll be up and walking the day of surgery. If you need more follow-up care or additional therapy, you may go to a skilled nursing facility for a period of time. Your rehabilitation and physical therapy are important to healing well and getting back to an active life with less pain. Our St. Elizabeth Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation specialists are with you every step of the way.