Orthopedics specialists often perform hip replacement surgeries for patients who suffer
from hip pain that interferes with daily activities. This procedure involves
removing a hip joint that has sustained damage from disease or trauma
and replacing it with an artificial hip joint. Patients who undergo hip
replacement surgery typically report improved mobility, reduced pain,
and enhanced quality of life.
Considering Alternatives to Surgery
Orthopedics specialists generally recommend trying non-surgical treatments
before considering surgery. Patients who suffer from hip pain without
inflammation might take acetaminophen, while those with inflammation may
be advised to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Topical
analgesics and corticosteroids may also be helpful. In addition to medications,
patients might try physical therapy, regular exercise, and assistive devices
such as a cane.
Predicting the Success of the Surgery
Hip replacement surgery is known to be an
effective method of restoring mobility. However, as with all medical treatments, the outcome can vary from patient
to patient. Joint replacement surgeries were previously recommended primarily
for older individuals. However, orthopedics specialists now know that
the patient’s activity level and overall health are stronger predictors
of a successful surgery.
Understanding the Procedure
To remove the hip joint, the orthopedic surgeon makes an incision over
the hip, through which he or she can remove diseased or damaged bone.
Healthy components of the joint are left in place. The upper end of the
thighbone, or femur, and the socket in the pelvis are replaced with artificial
Identifying Hip Prosthesis Options
An orthopedic specialist can help patients understand their hip prosthesis
options. Cemented artificial components are joined to the healthy bone
tissue with special cement. Uncemented artificial components feature a
porous surface. The healthy bone can fuse onto this surface to hold the
components in place. Additionally, artificial hip devices are made with
various materials, such as ceramic.
Westside Regional Medical Center offers advanced care to patients with joint problems. At our Orthopedic
& Spine Institute in Plantation, FL, we provide a continuum of care,
including diagnosis, non-surgical treatment, surgical treatment, and follow-up
care. If you have questions about the services available at our Orthopedic
& Spine Institute, call (954) 302-7112 and speak with a registered nurse.