Total Hip Replacement Surgery
As we age, our bodies begin to feel the effects of years of wear and tear – especially in joints that bear the brunt of everyday activities. Your hips are among the most vulnerable – not only due to aging but also due to painful degenerative joint diseases that can develop at any age.
Fortunately, there are many treatments for hip pain. Mild to moderate discomfort can be managed with medication, joint injections, or physical therapy. But when hip pain is severe or prevents fluid motion, your doctor may recommend surgery.
The idea of undergoing hip replacement surgery may seem daunting at first, but you’ll be relieved to learn there are minimally invasive techniques that make the procedure less challenging and offer more comfort for patients.
For example, total hip replacement – once performed as an inpatient procedure – can now be performed as an outpatient procedure, allowing you to go home just hours after the surgery. You can even resume your normal activities within two to four weeks, rather than in months.
Total Hip Arthroplasty
In a total hip arthroplasty procedure, damaged bone and cartilage are replaced with prosthetic (artificial) components. The femoral head is removed and interchanged with a metal stem that is placed into the hollow center of the femur and either cemented or press fitted into the bone. A metal or ceramic ball is then placed on the upper end of the stem to replace the damaged femoral head. At the same time, the damaged cartilage surface of the socket is removed and replaced with a metal socket, and a plastic, ceramic, or metal spacer is inserted between the substitute ball and the socket, all of which create a smoother gliding surface for the artificial implant.
There are several approaches to total hip replacement surgery including anterior (front), posterior (from behind), lateral, and minimally invasive. At Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants in Crown Point, Indiana, our board-certified specialists perform minimally invasive partial and total hip replacement surgery, which offers numerous benefits:
- Smaller incisions result in less pain and swelling, as well as decreased scarring and a faster recovery.
- There is minimal blood loss during surgery and a reduced risk of complications.
- There is less damage to surrounding tissue.
- It allows the patient to recover in the comfort of their own home, which eliminates the risk of hospital-acquired infection.
- It results in an increased range of motion after surgery.
Expert Hip Surgery in Northwest Indiana
If arthritis or another joint-related condition is limiting your ability to move your hip without pain, it’s time to see the caring and highly skilled doctors at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants to discuss your options. Call us today at (219) 662-2279 to schedule an appointment or use our convenient online request form to arrange a consultation.