When an injury or disease affects the hip joint’s normal functioning, it can result in pain and limited mobility. Several hip replacement approaches can relieve your pain and restore the hip’s function. Learn what a hip replacement is and the types of treatments a hip specialist offers to help you perform everyday movements without pain.
What is a hip replacement?
Hip replacement, also called hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to address hip pain. The surgery replaces parts of the hip joint with artificial implants. The hip joint consists of a ball (at the top of the femur, also known as the thigh bone) and a socket (in the pelvis, also known as the hip bone). Hip replacement surgery includes the replacement of one or both parts. The goal of the procedure is to allow you to resume daily activities and exercise with less pain.
Do You Need Surgery?
Your doctor may encourage you to try alternative options before suggesting a hip replacement if you are experiencing hip discomfort. These alternatives include painkillers, maintaining a healthy weight, exercise, or a steroid injection into the hip joint. You may want to consider surgery if you have to pain that:
- Worsens with walking
- Persists despite pain medication
- Interferes with your sleep
- Affects your ability to go up or downstairs
- Makes it difficult to rise from a seated position
Keep in mind replacement joints wear out eventually, so the younger you are when you have surgery, the more likely you will need another surgery in the future.
Hip Replacement Treatment
Hip replacements are among the most common treatments performed by orthopedic surgeons. At Orthopedic Specialist, we specialize in minimally invasive posterior and direct anterior approaches to hip replacements. The most common procedure is a total hip arthroplasty. This involves replacing a worn-out or damaged hip joint after a hip fracture or due to arthritis.
During the surgery, worn-out or damaged sections of the hip are replaced with artificial implants. The socket is replaced with a durable plastic cup, which may include a titanium metal shell. The femur head is then removed and replaced with a ball made from a metal alloy or ceramic. The new ball is attached to a metal stem that is inserted into the top of the femur.
Patients are discharged home shortly after surgery avoiding inpatient stays in hospitals and other facilities.
How quickly you recover from hip replacement surgery varies on several factors, such as your overall health and fitness level before surgery. For many people, much of their recovery occurs in the first few months after surgery. Keep in mind that the road to full recovery continues as you get stronger and more active over time.
If you have long struggled with hip pain or have just started to notice a change in hip function, several hip replacement approaches can help you resume a pain-free lifestyle faster. Orthopedic Specialist is home to some of the top hip specialists in the field. Our “Centers of Excellence” offer top-level orthopedic care for any hip concerns you may have. Make an appointment at Orthopedic Specialist in Indore to start your healing journey today.