Introduction

A total hip replacement is one of the most successful operations performed by orthopedic surgeons. A hip replacement restores function, removes pain, and has some of the highest patient satisifaction of all surgeries preformed today. If a patient with hip arthritis is no longer getting relief from their non-operative treatment for hip arthritis and their life is significantly impacted from their hip arthritis, then perhaps they should consider getting their hip replaced.

A hip joint is basically a ball and socket joint. A hip replacement involves removing the ball (femoral head) and replacing it with a metal or ceramic prosthetic ball. The femoral prosthesis is inserted into the hollow part of the femoral shaft. The socket of the pelvis is machined into a hemisphere and a metal hemisphere is inserted into the socket. The new femoral prosthesis and new socket form the new hip joint and allow the same and often times more motion than the native hip joint.

Types of Hip Replacements

Superpath Hip Replacement
test2Supercapsular Percutaneously-Assisted Total Hip surgery or SuperPATH® surgery is a novel method of hip replacement where your surgeon can perform total hip replacement through 2-3 inch incision (…)
Anterior Hip Replacement
Anterior Hip Replacement is a minimally invasive, muscle sparing surgery using an alternative approach to traditional hip replacement surgery (…)
Total Hip Replacement
A total hip replacement refers to implanting a metal rod into the hollow portion of the top of the femur and a metal shell into the socket in the pelvic bone. This surgery (…)
Hip Joint Resurfacing
The thigh bone, femur, and the pelvis, acetabulum, join to form the hip joint. The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint. The “ball” is the head of the femur, or thigh bone (…)
Revision Hip Replacement
Revision Hip Replacement means that part or all of your previous hip replacement needs to be revised. This operation varies from very minor adjustments to massive (…)

Causes of Hip Pain

Labral Tear
Labrum is a ring of strong fibrocartilaginous tissue lining around the socket of the hip joint. Labrum serves many functions where it acts as shock absorber, lubricates the joint, and distributes the pressure equally (…)
Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is a condition which is seen in infants and young children as a result of developmental problems in the hip joint. The femur (thigh bone) partially or completely slips out of the hip socket causing dislocation (…)
Femoroacetabular (FAI)
Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is a condition where there is too much friction in the hip joint from bony irregularities causing pain and decreased range of hip motion. The femoral head and (…)
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease is the most common form of arthritis. It occurs most often in older people. This disease affects the tissue covering the ends of bones in a joint (cartilage) (…)

Surgical Approach and Technology

Surgical Approach
Total hip replacements can be preformed through a direct anterior approach, an anterior lateral approach, a lateral approach, a posterior approach, and a superior approach (…)
Bearing Surfaces
The goal of hip replacement surgery is to help regain natural hip function. Hip replacement surgery involves replacement of the damaged hip joint with an implant (…)
Measurement Guide
The main concept about this leg length measurement guide is that by inserting the femoral component prior to cutting the femoral neck, the surgeon can use the femoral component (…)

What to Expect! Your Hospital Stay.

Pre Operative
• Pre Operative Joint Class
• Medical Clearance
• Blood Donation
• Continue your Medicines?
Post Operative
Remember this is an artificial hip and must be treated with care. Avoid the combined movement of bending your hip and turning your foot in (…)
Risks ( Hip Replacement)
As with any major surgery there are potential risks involved. The decision to proceed with the surgery is made because the advantages of surgery outweigh (…)

Non-Operative Treatments

Anti-rheumatic Drugs
Anti-rhuematic drugs include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) (…)
Steroid Shots
These injections of steroids are given directly into the affected joint for severe pain when use of NSAIDs does not bring much relief. Steroids are very strong anti-inflammatory (…)
Lubricating Protein
Protein shots are injections of hyaluronic acid injected into the affected arthritic joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring lubricating substance (…)
Additional Supplements
Chrondroitin sulphate and glucosamine are naturally occurring substances in the body that prevent degradation of cartilage and promote formation of new cartilage (…)

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