Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Total hip replacement surgery can alleviate chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis or childhood hip disease. Measures to replace the hip joint enable the ball and socket to move freely improving mobility and reducing pain.
What Happens During Total Hip Replacement Surgery?
Total hip replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, replaces damaged bone and cartilage with prosthetic components called implants.
- The damaged head of the femur is replaced with a metal stem that is placed into the hollow center of the femur. The femoral stem can be cemented or pressed into the bone.
- A metal or ceramic ball is placed on the upper part of the stem. The ball replaces the damaged femoral head.
- The damaged cartilage surface of the socket (acetabulum) is replaced with a metal socket. Cement or screws are used to hold the socket in place.
- A ceramic, or plastic liner is inserted between the new ball and socket to create a smooth, gliding surface.
- Although the range of motion for an artificial hip is a little less than normal, it still allows for a wide range of motion. Your leg muscles will keep your artificial hip in position so it will not dislocate.
What Happens After Total Hip Replacement Surgery?
You will be discharged home from the surgery center. Upon leaving the surgery center you will be given a walker or crutches to use at home until you see your surgeon at your post-operative appointment.
Our customized recovery solutions provide the post-op resources you need to regain your mobility, strength and life in the comfort of your home.
What Are the Outcomes for Total Hip Replacement?
Most people who have hip replacement surgery experience significant pain relief, improved mobility and a better overall quality of life.
The success of the surgery and full use of your new hip depends on your dedication to physical therapy. It also depends on other factors, like body weight and lifestyle. Every added pound of body weight adds three addition pounds of stress to your hip, so controlling your weight will make your hip joint last longer. Strenuous activities like running, tennis, active sports or hard physical labor will shorten the life of your new hip.