Once you have exhausted all available therapies to reduce hip pain, it may be time to consider a total hip replacement surgery. During this surgery, your problem hip is replaced with an artificial joint, or prosthesis. The operation that removes the arthritic ball of the upper thigh bone, or femur, as well as damaged cartilage from the hip socket. The damaged ball is replaced with a metal ball that is fixed inside the femur. The socket is replaced with a plastic liner that is fixed inside a metal shell. This creates a smoothly functioning ball-and-socket joint.
An estimated 90-95% of patients achieve good-to-excellent results with relief of discomfort, as well as an increase in both activity and mobility. Total hip replacement patients recover quickly and will likely be able to walk the first day or two after surgery.
Garden Park Medical Center offers specialized education, rehabilitation and amenities specifically total joint replacement patients to aid you in returning to normal activities as soon as possible.
Anterior hip replacement
Garden Park now offers anterior-approach hip replacement surgery, a minimally invasive, muscle-sparing procedure that uses an alternative approach to traditional hip replacement surgery. This revolutionary technique often provides improved outcomes for our patients.
Traditionally, the surgeon makes the hip incision on the side of the hip, or posteriorly, at the back of the hip. In either case, the approach involves cutting major muscles to access the hip joint. With an anterior approach, the incision is made in front of the hip, enabling the surgeon to access the hip joint without cutting any muscles.
A special operating table is used that facilitates various anatomical positions and enables the surgeon to replace the hip joint in this manner.
Because the muscles are spared, the risk of dislocation is greatly lessened and enables patients much more freedom of movement after surgery. Rehabilitation is much faster, too, as there is less muscle trauma during the surgery.
Potential benefits of anterior-approach hip replacement when compared to traditional hip replacement surgery may include the following:
- Smaller incisions
- Minimal soft tissue trauma
- Reduced post-operative pain
- Less blood loss
- Shorter surgical time
- Faster healing time
- Less scarring
- Walking more quickly after surgery
- Less post-operative restrictions
- Reduced hip dislocations
- Decreased length of hospital stay
Anterior-approach hip replacement may not be the best course of treatment for all patients. Please consult with your doctor as to what would be the best option for you.
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