The hip is one of the most active and hardest-working areas of the body, supporting each person’s weight and providing dynamic functionality through simple and complex actions. When arthritis, overuse, or trauma causes this joint to wear down, lose mobility, and become painful, a hip replacement may be able to restore comfortable movement. Our extensively trained orthopaedic surgeons—Thomas Schott, MD, Mark Greenberg, MD, Bing Tsay, MD, and Kevin Honig, MD—utilize the most advanced minimally invasive procedures available. Our skilled medical team takes the time to carefully evaluate your needs, develop a customized treatment plan, and guide you through recovery for the most successful result possible. Don’t let hip joint dysfunction stop you from leading the life you want; talk to us today to learn more.
- Hip Replacement Candidates
- Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
- Total Hip Replacement
- Hip Replacement Recovery
- Hip Replacement Results Long-Term
- Special Instructions
Signs You May Need a Hip Replacement
Whether a hip replacement can improve your well-being is best determined during a consultation and after reviewing tests and imaging. That said, some of the signs that a hip replacement may be warranted include:
- You can no longer go through your daily tasks without assistance
- You experience significant pain, even with medication
- You feel discomfort or pain that keeps you awake at night
- Your mobility is reduced; you have difficulty walking or bending over
- Non-surgical and minimally invasive techniques have proven unsuccessful
- You’re experiencing serious side effects from medication you take to minimize your pain
- Tests show advanced arthritis and/or joint damage
Each person’s experience is unique, and not everyone will benefit from a hip replacement even if they have some of these signs. We can help you find the right approach for your needs and lifestyle.
Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
Depending on the extent of the condition, surgery can include relatively minimally invasive procedures such as smoothing of the joints or re-alignment of bones. This approach preserves more of the natural tissue and typically requires no artificial implants. Small incisions are used to reduce downtime and the risk of complications. Some of the concerns that can be repaired or removed using arthroscopic techniques include: torn cartilage, bone chips, labral tear, bone spurs or growths, inflamed synovium, fractures, and torn ligaments. Minimally invasive hip surgery for ideal candidates can mean less scarring, a shorter hospital stay (potentially outpatient), and a faster recovery.
Total Hip Replacement
More severe cases of hip dysfunction or arthritis may require hip replacement surgery, or hip arthroplasty. The procedure involves removal of the top of the femur (thighbone) and the use of artificial implants to replace the “ball-and-socket” mechanism of the hip. These prostheses are designed to be durable and long-lasting and typically are made of metal and a biocompatible plastic called polyethylene. Hip replacement can be performed as a minimally invasive procedure, using only one or two small incisions. This typically allows patients to have an easier and quicker recovery process.
Hip Replacement Recovery
Every patient’s individual treatment plan will be tailored to their needs, so your recovery may vary from another person’s experience. Patients who have minimally invasive hip surgery can often return home the same day as the procedure, while people who have a hip replacement often require
an overnight stay in the hospital for two or three days. Your surgeon will provide the details during your initial consultation. For the first few days after the operation you will be asked to perform some ankle exercises to help optimize your recovery. Once home, additional instructions for activity will be provided. Follow-up appointments will also be scheduled before you leave the hospital. While some discomfort is to be expected, we will provide prescription medication to help make your experience as easy as possible.
How Long Does a Hip Replacement Last?
Broadly speaking, most patients can expect their artificial hip to last between 15-20 years. Many factors contribute to the lifespan of a replaced hip joint. Your activity levels, age, medical history, and other considerations can play a role in how long your artificial hip lasts. Individuals with older models of hip replacements may notice a slightly lower lifespan, and those with newer devices may see a longer one. As technologies and techniques improve, these numbers may also go up. Depending on your age when you receive the hip replacement, it may be a lifetime device. However, many younger people, particularly athletes, are receiving hip replacements and it’s possible and even likely they may need a revision procedure later on in life. Our orthopaedic surgeons will discuss this possibility and its likelihood with you at your initial consultation.
In some instances, our surgeons may recommend that patients lose weight, stop smoking, or avoid the use of certain medications prior to the operation. This is designed to provide the safest experience possible. If you have any questions about your surgery or recovery, please don’t hesitate to contact our medical team for more information.
Contact our practice to learn more about hip surgery options or to schedule an appointment with one of our leading orthopaedic surgeons.