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Hip replacement

Patients who experience chronic hip pain from wear, injury or arthritis or limited activity from a damaged ball and socket joint may need hip replacement surgery. During the procedure, an orthopedic surgeon removes damaged or diseased cartilage and bone from the hip and replaces it with prosthetic pieces.

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Hip replacement surgery could be the answer to your chronic pain.

TriStar Health's orthopedic surgeons offer both noninvasive and surgical hip pain treatments. They use advanced techniques and rehabilitation options to help you on your journey to recovery.

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When is hip replacement surgery recommended?

You may consider hip surgery following a hip fracture or severe form of arthritis, such as:

  • Osteoarthritis, which may breakdown the joint cartilage and adjacent bone in your hips
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, which may lead to pain and stiffness
  • Traumatic arthritis (arthritis caused by injury), which may cause damage to the articular cartilage of your hip

Our hip replacement surgery services

The goals of hip replacement surgery is to replace the damaged or worn-out parts of the hip joint and help relieve hip pain if other treatment options have not improved.

How is total hip replacement surgery performed?

During total hip replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon replaces the upper end of your thigh bone with a metal ball. The surgeon then resurfaces the hip socket in your pelvic bone with a metal shell and plastic liner.

Anesthesia during surgery

Orthopedic surgeons often use general anesthesia to keep you unconscious during the procedure. However, your surgeon and anesthesiologist may recommend using regional anesthesia. In this case, you will be awake but unable to feel the hip area during surgery.

Minimally invasive hip surgery

A traditional hip replacement involves an incision several inches long over the hip joint. A newer approach, called "minimally invasive hip replacement," uses one or two smaller incisions. When possible, we will use minimally invasive surgery to reduce your recovery time and pain.

Anterior approach surgery

The anterior approach hip replacement is a minimally invasive technique. Surgeons access the hip joint through an incision on the front of the hip, preventing displacement of muscle tissue. It results in a smaller scar and a shorter recovery time than traditional hip replacement surgery.

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What will happen after my hip replacement?

After waking from surgery, you will see a bandage on the hip and a drain to collect fluid. You will also see a compression pump. This pump squeezes your legs to keep the blood circulating and prevent blood clots. A foam pillow placed between your legs to keep them from crossing; you must have this pillow in place while laying down or sitting up.

Your orthopedic care team will teach you some simple breathing exercises. These will help prevent lung congestion while your activity level is decreased. You will also be instructed to do ankle pumps, which keep the blood circulating.

How long will I stay in the hospital?

Hip replacement surgeries usually require an in-hospital stay of several days. In general, patients can get out of the bed with help the day of surgery or day after surgery. Over the next few days, you will learn how to walk with a walker.

Will I need any physical therapy

Physical therapy is recommended following hip surgery. Rehabilitative exercises, which you will perform while in the hospital and at home, will increase your chances of a positive outcome and increase your mobility.

Physical and/or occupational therapists will teach you how to exercise, walk and complete routine activities, such as dressing and cooking. Your doctor and physical therapist will also teach you about some best practices you can follow at home to help the hip heal.

Total hip replacement

Our short video will explain the process of total hip replacement surgery.
Animated illustration of how the components of a hip replacement fit together.

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