Hip Replacement Surgery
Total hip replacement is a standard orthopedic procedure. Doctors expect it to become even more common as the population ages. Hip replacement surgery involves removing the thighbone (femur) head and replacing the hip with an artificial implant’s ball-and-socket mechanism. This joint replacement relieves pain and improves mobility. Here at KSF, you can expect the best possible care for your treatment with our specialist hip replacement surgeons and doctors.
Symptoms & Causes For Hip Replacement
Patients with hip arthritis experience dull and aching pain, which may be constant or come and go. Further discomfort is felt in the groin, thigh, buttock, or knee regions. Some patients will have difficulty walking and may require a cane, crutch, or walker to assist them. The pain usually starts slowly and gradually worsens with time and higher activity levels. Patients may experience difficulty in using stairs, dressing, tying shoes, and sleeping.
Here at KSF, our specialist team will look to understand your symptoms thoroughly. Our doctors will perform physical examinations along with x-rays to decide the best course of treatment for you.
Osteoarthritis of the hip is the most common reason for hip replacement. It is caused by the general wear and tear that occurs during aging. This wear and tear cause the cartilage covering the joint services to wear out, resulting in pain and stiffness.
Destruction of the hip joint can also be caused by osteonecrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, injury, infection, and the hip’s developmental abnormalities.
We carry out a thorough evaluation of our patients to determine which hip replacement procedure would be the most suitable for them. Both of the techniques we offer are technically demanding. However, our surgeons and operating team have vast experience carrying them out to ensure that our patients receive the best available treatment. The two different types of procedures we offer here at KSF for hip replacement are:
Traditional Hip Replacement
In traditional hip replacement procedures, surgeons make a 10- to 12-inch incision on the hip’s side. The muscles are split and detached from the hip to allow the hip to dislocate. A cup-shaped implant is secured in the hip socket bone with a metal stem placement and a metallic ball to recreate the ball-and-socket joint.
Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery allows the surgeon to perform the hip replacement through one or two smaller incisions instead of the more extensive incision used in traditional procedures. Patients who would be good candidates for minimal incision incisions are thinner, younger, and healthier than conventional surgery patients.
Benefits of Minimally Invasive Hip Replacements
- Less pain
- More cosmetic incisions
- Less muscle damage
- Rehabilitation is faster
- Hospital stays are shorter
Hip Replacement Recovery
The length of recovery depends on the hip replacement procedure performed. The hospital stay will generally average 4 to 5 days for traditional hip replacement, with most patients requiring extensive rehabilitation afterward. For less-invasive procedures, some patients can go home at the end of the surgery or have to stay for 1 to 2 days. Learn more about hip replacements here.