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How is Hip Surgery Performed?

How is Hip Surgery Performed?

 

Hip surgery is a procedure in which a surgeon removes the damaged bone and cartilage of a hip joint with arthritis and replaces it with a smooth, artificial joint implant often made of metal or plastic components. The goals of hip surgery vary from patient to patient but often include the elimination of joint pain caused by bone-on-bone contact. The physicians at Core Orthopedics and Sports Medicine recommend hip replacement surgery after other, more conservative measures have failed to provide pain relief. While hip surgery is a big decision since it’s a major surgery that requires extensive after-care, it has drastically improved the quality-of-life in a large percentage of patients.

 

  • The Implant

    At Core Orthopedics, we use hip replacement implants that consist of four components:

    • A hip stem to be implanted in the shaft of the thigh bone, or femur. The implant is usually made of a biocompatible metal like titanium;
    • A femoral head to replace the “ball” part of the hip’s ball and socket design;
    • A two-part hemispherical or “cup-like” component comprised of a metal shell and a plastic liner;
    • New femoral head which sits inside the plastic liner and rotates to recreate the movement of the original joint.

 

  • The Procedure

    The hip replacement procedure is usually done one of two ways. The first way is the traditional procedure, which is more invasive and requires a larger incision, while the second way is considered minimally invasive.

    In standard hip replacement surgeries, your surgeon will adhere to the following steps:

    • Administer anesthesia to relax your muscles and put you into a deep sleep
    • Cut an 8-10 inch incision along the side of your hip and move the muscles connected to the thigh bone to expose the hip joint
    • Remove the ball part of the joint by cutting the thigh bone
    • Attach artificial joint to the thigh bone using cement or other material
    • Attach the replacement socket to the hip bone
    • Reattach the muscles and close the incision

 

Most hip replacements are performed this way, but sometimes a less invasive technique can be used so that incisions are only 2 to 5 inches long. This technique is thought to help lower the amount of blood lost during surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the technique they recommend for your particular case while you are still in the decision stages of your hip replacement surgery.

 

*Important Safety Note: Hip replacement surgery is intended to relieve hip pain and improve hip function. However, implants may not produce the same feel or function as your original hip. There are potential risks with hip replacement surgery such as loosening, fracture, dislocation, wear and infection that may result in the need for additional surgery. Longevity of implants depends on many factors, such as types of activities and weight. Do not perform high impact activities such as running and jumping unless your surgeon tells you the bone has healed and these activities are acceptable. Early device failure, breakage or loosening may occur if you do not follow your surgeon’s limitations on activity level. Early failure can happen if you do not guard your hip joint from overloading due to activity level, failure to control body weight, or accidents such as falls. Talk to your doctor to determine what treatment may be best for you.

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