Hip Replacement Surgery
Total hip replacement is a common orthopaedic procedure. As the population ages, it is expected to become even more common. Hip replacement surgery involves removing the head of the thighbone (femur) and replacing the ball-and-socket mechanism of the hip with artificial implants. This 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 pain that is dull and aching which may be constant or come and go. Further pain may be 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 fully understand your symptoms and 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 and is caused by the general wear and tear that occurs during aging. This causes the cartilage covering the joint services to wear out, resulting in pain and stiffness.
Destruction of the hip joint can be also be caused by osteonecrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, injury, infection, and developmental abnormalities of the hip.
We carry out a thorough evaluation on all of our patients to determine which hip replacement procedure would be the most suitable for them. Both of the procedures 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 side of the hip where the muscles are split and detached from the hip to allow the hip to be dislocated. A cup-shaped implant is secured in the bone of the hip socket with a metal stem placement and a metallic ball being used 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 in comparison to the traditional 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 that was carried out. For traditional hip replacement, the hospital stay will generally average 4 to 5 days with most patients requiring extensive rehabilitation afterward. For less-invasive procedures, some patients are able to go home at the end of the day of surgery or will have to stay for 1 to 2 days. Learn more about hip replacements here.