If you feel pain in your hips during everyday activities, or experience delayed hip pain that lasts for days, or are kept up late into the night because of that throbbing pain, you may need to consider a hip replacement. The team at Summit Orthopedic Specialists understands just how vital your hips are to your everyday lifestyle. We are happy to provide our patients in Carmichael with Hip Replacement surgery and treatment so that you can get back to swinging those hips and enjoying your days (and uninterrupted nights)!
Hip replacement surgery (also known as hip arthroplasty) is the replacement of the hip joint. Often, hip pain can be caused by arthritis, which is a common condition.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged adults and older adults. It is the leading cause for the breaking down of joint cartilage and surrounding bone in the hips. Non-surgical options are considered and recommended before moving forward with a hip replacement.
But when weight loss, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, steroid or PRP injections, or orthobiologic therapies fail to relieve the pain, hip replacement is an excellent option to once and for all cure your hip joint pain. A hip replacement replaces the original ball-and-socket joint with an artificial cup (the hip socket is the ‘acetabulum’) and liner. The top of the femur bone is replaced with an artificial stem and a new ‘ball’ (femoral head).
As one can imagine, the most significant benefit to a hip replacement would be instant and dramatic pain relief. And as your pain dissipates, the ability to function fully will improve. Most patients tend to have great results, including a greater range of motion, less pain, better balance and stability, and less limping.
A hip replacement surgery is performed while you are asleep under general anesthesia or sedated under spinal anesthesia. Your procedure will take about two hours to complete.
The process for a typical hip replacement goes as follows:
The decision to proceed with a hip replacement surgery is a decision made by both the patient and the surgeon. A consultation with the team at Summit Orthopedic Specialists will be able to determine if this is indeed the best option for you.
Prior to scheduling the procedure, you will have your complete medical history reviewed, a physical examination completed (including X-rays), and will meet with a physical therapist to discuss the rehabilitation process after the surgery. Blood tests and EKG are taken before your surgery. The team at Summit Orthopedic Specialists is aware of these results being different for everyone. Should you find yourself in a situation requiring the expertise of one of our specialists, you are in good hands.
After Surgery: The majority of patients can go home from the hospital the same day after surgery or the following day. As is the case with most surgeries, there will be some postoperative pain, though manageable. With pain medication, many patients, despite the surgical pain, state that they feel immediate relief following the surgery, newly free of the preoperative arthritic pain. And while the experience and threshold of pain for everyone is unique to each person, most patients can manage the postoperative pain without difficulty.
Recovery Period: Most patients can stand on their own hours after surgery and even begin exercise that very day. With the support of a walker, patients can walk, climb stairs, or ride in a car by the time they leave the hospital. Most patients are walking or moving their hips pretty well by week six. The team at Summit Orthopedic Specialists will be able to address any specific questions you might have at your consultation.
The first thing you will notice while living life with your new hip is the absence of pain! With being able to move better, you will experience improvements in your daily activities and a higher quality of life. Physical Therapy will recommend exercises that will help you increase muscle strength and physical fitness without risking injury to your new hip. Still, it is often recommended to avoid high-impact activities such as basketball and running.
When you are a patient of Summit Orthopedic Specialists, you will have access to the region’s most skilled orthopedic surgeons. Our board-certified team of orthopedic surgeons works with the latest techniques in minimally invasive, computer-assisted, as well as robotic-assisted surgery. Contact us today to set up a consultation so that we can work together towards getting you back to the activities you love!
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