At Richmond University Medical Center, we strive to deliver effective orthopedic surgery that will improve your mobility and eliminate joint pain. One of the ways in which we accomplish this goal is through hip replacement surgery, which is performed by our expert, board-certified orthopedic surgeons. If you are experiencing hip pain that affects your normal routine, your doctor may recommend this procedure to help you get moving and stay active.
Reasons for Hip Replacement
Hip replacements are usually performed on older people who experience deterioration in their hip joints as they age. If you cannot walk comfortably and/or without assistance because of pain, and conservative treatments, like physical therapy or medication, aren’t effective, surgery becomes a likely option to solve the problem. Some conditions that can cause this pain include:
- Osteoarthritis: Over time, wear and tear on your body may result in damage to the cartilage that covers the ends of your bones. This causes your bones to rub together, making it harder for them to move and causing pain.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: This condition causes inflammation that damages your cartilage and underlying bone, which can deform your joints.
- Osteonecrosis: If you have dislocated or fractured your hip, it may not allow the proper amount of blood to flow to the ball portion of your hip joint. This can lead the bone to collapse or deform.
- Childhood Hip Disease: While a hip problem you experienced when you were a child may have been corrected in the past, arthritis may eventually develop because the hip was not able to grow normally.
If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions, it could be time to talk to your doctor about receiving hip replacement surgery to help correct the issue.
The Hip Replacement Procedure
During a hip replacement surgery, the damaged part of your joint is removed and replaced with a prosthetic joint that restores function and eliminates discomfort. An orthopedic surgeon will make a small incision near your hip to clear out any damaged bone or cartilage that was interfering with normal movement, leaving behind healthy tissues. Then, a prosthetic socket made of metal, ceramic and/or plastic will be installed in your pelvic bone. Additionally, the ball at the top of your femur will be replaced with a prosthetic version that attaches to your thighbone. After surgery, you’ll begin recovery in one of our designated orthopedic patient rooms to ensure a supportive and comfortable environment.
Recovering from Surgery
After a short hospital stay, you will need to learn how to move with your new hip. A physical therapist will work with you to regain use of the joint and strengthen the surrounding muscles. During this time, you may require a walker or cane to enhance stability and reduce weight on the joint.
Eventually you will be able to put weight on your leg and walk comfortably without assistance. Your orthopedist and physical therapist can suggest lifestyle improvements, activities to avoid and more to help ensure you heal successfully. The recovery period generally takes anywhere from two to six months, at which time you should experience substantial pain relief and improved mobility.
Get Moving Again
Having hip replacement surgery can provide many benefits and allow you to enjoy the things you love doing. As the largest surgical service line provided by Richmond University Medical Center, we are uniquely qualified to offer you the best orthopedic care possible. Our team of surgeons, specialty trained registered nurses and physical therapists will work together to create the best treatment plan to fit your specific needs. To schedule an appointment or request more information, contact us at 718-818-4750.