A total hip arthroplasty is the medical term for a total hip replacement surgery. During the surgery, the team removes bony structures in your hip that have been damaged by arthritis or trauma and replaces them with medical-grade metal, plastic, or steel. These replacement parts — called prosthetics — allow for smooth, pain-free movement of the hip joint.
A total hip replacement surgery is performed when the hip joint is damaged and causes chronic pain and limited function. Common reasons to have a total hip replacement include:
Total hip arthroplasty is one of the most common types of surgery in America and the team has performed these surgeries for decades, providing positive outcomes and better quality of life for patients.
To determine if you’re a candidate for surgery, the team begins with a consultation and exam. They ask about your symptoms and any history of trauma or arthritis affecting your hip. Next, they perform a series of orthopedic tests to assess the structures in your hip and their level of function.
The team refers you for X-rays and an MRI to determine the extent of damage to your joint and the involvement of surrounding soft tissues. Based on your exam and imaging, the team decides if a total hip arthroplasty is right for you and outlines what to expect during the surgery and recovery.
While you’re under anesthesia, the team makes small incisions through your skin surrounding your hip joint. Once the team has access to the surgical site, they insert a tiny camera — called an arthroscope — into your joint to visualize the area without the need for more incisions.
The team then uses tiny tools, placed through the incision, to clean the soft tissues surrounding your joint and remove damaged tissues and bone. Next, the team places prosthetic devices over your bones to create a smooth surface for movements.
The prosthetics are modified as needed before being permanently secured at the end of your surgery. After surgery, it generally takes three to six weeks before you can return to light activity.
Learn about surgical treatment for your hip pain at Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic by calling or scheduling a consultation online.