Hip Replacement Surgery
When the hip joint undergoes damage due to injury, arthritis, or disease, it can result in persistent pain and restricted mobility. In cases of severe hip dysfunction, this pain can even impede movement and persist while lying down or sitting. At Premier Orthopedic Specialists, we possess a deep understanding of the intricate mechanisms necessary for optimal hip joint function. Our team of orthopedic experts offers advanced interventions to reinstate mobility and alleviate hip joint discomfort, including the option of hip replacement surgery.
The hip joint plays a pivotal role in walking, running, jumping, and all leg movements. As a significant ball-and-socket joint, it permits the leg to move forward, sideways, and backward. This complex structure comprises the femoral head (the ball atop the femur) and the acetabulum (the socket component within the pelvic bone). Factors such as injury, deformities, and disease can adversely affect the hip joint’s function. When excess friction arises due to bone irregularities or cartilage deterioration, the hip joint becomes a source of pain and stiffness.
For those dealing with hip joint pain or compromised mobility, conservative treatments present viable relief options. Among these are injection therapy, physical therapy, medication management, and minimally invasive surgical approaches. However, when these less invasive measures fail to effectively manage hip pain, joint replacement becomes a potential solution in our spectrum of care.
An artificial hip joint comprises a metal alloy or ceramic ball and a metal stem, connected to the femur to replace the femoral head. Additionally, a socket component, crafted from metal, plastic, or ceramic, is affixed to the pelvic bone. A diversity of artificial hip joint designs exists, and the appropriate choice hinges on factors such as the patient’s needs, medical history, and individual considerations.
Who Qualifies for Hip Joint Replacement?
While any joint replacement entails risks and should be pursued only when alternative treatments prove inadequate, hip replacement surgery has demonstrated substantial success in mitigating chronic pain and enhancing mobility for select patients. While a majority of hip replacement recipients are typically aged between 50 and 80, age isn’t the sole determinant of candidacy. The decision to undergo hip replacement is influenced by several factors, including:
– The extent of pain experienced during routine activities
– Occurrence of pain while at rest
– Diminished efficacy of other treatments in alleviating pain
– Hip joint stiffness
– Range of motion
While body weight alone doesn’t necessarily disqualify a patient, it’s a factor considered due to its impact on the longevity of the implant. Other health aspects are also taken into account. Crucially, patients must be in good health and devoid of infections before considering hip replacement surgery.
Anticipating Recovery Post Hip Replacement Surgery
The hip replacement procedure typically lasts a few hours and necessitates a hospital stay, which can span two to three days, contingent on individual recovery progress. Post-surgery, physical therapy is integral to regaining mobility. Following post-operative guidelines and engaging in therapy, many patients regain basic daily functioning within six weeks. With continued improvement, a complete recovery is possible within six months. However, outcomes differ for each patient, influenced by their health status, adherence to therapy, and potential complications.
If chronic hip pain and limited mobility affect your life, you deserve a treatment option that enhances your quality of living. Reach out to our adept orthopedic team at Premier Orthopedic Specialists to explore treatment avenues, including the potential of hip replacement surgery.