A total hip replacement, also called a total hip arthroplasty, is a surgery that is performed so that a patient can be relieved of hip pain, regain mobility, and resume normal everyday activities.
Dr. Vigdorchik believes in exploring non-operative options first. Only when such treatments have failed to provide relief will Dr. Vigdorchik recommend surgery.
To determine the best treatment option for the patient, Dr. Vigdorchik carefully considers the patient’s condition, medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences.
Total Hip Replacement Procedure
During a total hip replacement the surgeon replaces hip joint with a prosthetic join which includes the ball-shaped head of the femur which fits into the socket of the pelvis. Smooth cartilage covers the bony surfaces providing cushioning and allowing for smooth movements.
Osteoarthritis, a form of hip arthritis, is the most common cause of hip pain and disability. The cartilage wears away causing pain and stiffness.
A total hip replacement is performed when pain medication, lifestyle changes, and physical therapy are no longer effective.
Remove damaged cartilage and bone and reshape surfaces to fit the artificial hip joint.
The artificial hip joint includes four main components:
- Stem: The damaged femoral head is removed and a metal stem is placed into the femur.
- Ball: A metal or ceramic ball is placed onto the stem to replace the femoral head that was removed.
- Socket: Damaged cartilage in the socket (acetabulum) is removed and replaced with a metal socket.
- Spacer: A spacer made of either plastic, ceramic, or metal is placed between the artificial ball and socket. This provides a smooth gliding surface.
Is a Total Hip Replacement Right for You?
You may be a candidate for a total hip replacement if:
- You have hip pain from everyday activities (walking, bending)
- You have hip pain even while resting
- You have stiffness in your hip joint that limits your range of motion
- You no longer get pain relief from anti-inflammatory medication or physical therapy
Total Hip Replacement Recovery
After a total hip replacement, patients may be able to return to normal activities within 6 to 8 weeks.
A combination of pain management and physical therapy are used to aid in recovery.
Physical therapy may be necessary to improve joint and muscle strength. Activity and exercise are also used to help patients transition from using a cane or walker to walking without assistance.
Patients are encouraged to begin hip movements soon after surgery. Pain medication may be prescribed to limit pain during physical therapy and exercise and aid in a faster recovery.
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