Do You Need Hip Surgery?
The human hip is one of your largest weight-bearing joints, and in some cases, hips can become diseased or damaged over time. Arthritis, fracture or other degenerative conditions can cause great pain. A number of treatments, therapies and medications are available, and some can be effective in helping to control the problem. If those don’t alleviate the problem, hip replacement might be needed. Look at these factors to see if you’re a candidate for major hip surgery:
- If you suffer from severe hip pain
- If your condition is not relieved by anti-inflammatory medications, use of a cane or restricted physical activity
- If you suffer from significant, ongoing stiffness in the hip
- If you are plagued by advanced arthritis
Our orthopedic experts review your condition starting with an extensive evaluation that’s often performed in conjunction with your primary physician. The most appropriate course of action based on your degree of pain, disability, overall health and age will be recommended.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery
A normal hip joint is composed of two bones—the round head of the femur (the ball) and the acetabulum (the cup or socket in your pelvis)—which are coated with smooth cartilage for easy, pain-free movement. This smooth articular cartilage is deteriorated in an arthritic hip, causing pain and decreasing range of motion due to the exposed bones rubbing against one another.
During hip replacement surgery, a metal stem will be placed into the thigh bone (femur) and a metal cup placed into the socket (pelvis). The surface options will be personalized based on the patient’s age, expectations and physical demands.