Introduction

A hip replacement surgery 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
  • Anterior hip replacement
  • Total hip replacement
  • Hip Joint Resurfa​​​​cing
  • Hip Revision

SuperPath Hip Replacement

Supercapsular 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 (…)

Causes of Hip Pain

  • Labral Tear
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • FAI
  • Osteoarthritis

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: Hip Replacement

  • Surgical Approach
  • Bearing surfaces
  • Measurement Guide

Leg Length 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 (…)

Non-Operative Joint Treatments

  • Anti-Rheumatic Drugs
  • Steroid shots
  • Additional Supplements
  • Lubricating Protein

Lubricating Protein

Protein shots are injections of hyaluronic acid injected into the affected arthritic joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring lubricating substance (…)

Joint Replacement Surgery: What To Expect?

Pre Operative

Learn more about Pre Operative joint classes, medical clearance requirements, blood donation, medication changes and Pre Op labs needed (...)

Post Operative

Following the surgery rehabilitation begins immediately. A physical therapist will teach you specific exercises to strengthen your leg and restore knee (…)

Risk of Joint 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 the risk of (…)

A total hip replacement is one of the most successful operations that orthopedic surgeons perform.  A hip replacement is an elective surgery, which means patients decide if and when to have their hip replaced. As a physician, I never tell patients they have to have a hip replacement surgery, but many times surgery may offer the only possibility for pain relief. Although the surgery is elective, it is covered by most insurance companies; however, depending on your policy you maybe required to make a small co-payment. My philosophy is to give my patients as much information as they need to make informed decisions regarding their health and hip pain and then treat their hip pain according to their wishes.


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 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 metal ball and new metal socket form the new hip joint and allow the same and often times more motion than the native hip joint. The femoral and acetabular prosthesis are attached to your bones by creating a space in the bone that is slightly smaller than the metal prosthesis and then pressing the metal prosthesis into this tight space. Occasionally, the metal prosthesis is attached to the bone with bone cement. The parts are made of stainless steel, titanium, ceramic and/or polyethylene. I typically make an incision about 3-4 inches long for a hip replacement.


The purpose of this web page is to educate patients about the major aspects of hip replacement surgery. Many studies have shown that an informed patient will have less surprises and more satisfaction with their surgery. I do not intend to scare people away from getting their hip pain treated. Although the following information is a reasonable overview of what I consider the major aspects of hip surgery, it is not a substitute for a clinical consultation where I can directly answer your questions. If you would like more information, please schedule an appointment to see me.

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