What’s Involved in a Hip Replacement?
Hip to the cause
The hip joint is your body’s largest ball-and-socket joint. It’s designed to keep you moving smoothly and painlessly while putting up with a lot of repetitive motion and years of hard work. Your hips may be durable, but, over time, they can weaken and cause you pain. They can even be susceptible to serious conditions such as arthritis, hip bursitis and labral tears.
Arthritis is joint inflammation caused by wear and tear and is extremely common in the hip. It causes pain, swelling and cartilage breakdown. Hip bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion and reduce friction in your hip. And finally, labral tears or injuries to your hip labrum (cartilage) can be caused by trauma, femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), dysplasia and degeneration.
Here at Onward Orthopedics, our experts treat hip pain affecting people of all ages. The surgical solutions they offer can help you return to a more active and fulfilling lifestyle sooner rather than later.
When and why to get a hip replacement
A hip replacement often becomes necessary when your hip pain and loss of hip function becomes so severe that medication and other treatments stop working. Artificial hip joints can last for 10 to 20 years, depending on your lifestyle, your weight and how well you heal.
Patients who undergo hip replacement surgery tend to experience significant alleviation of their pain and can usually resume regular daily activities. Climbing stairs, getting in and out of cars, taking walks and exercising all become possible again after hip surgery. Nevertheless, you may want to avoid engaging in certain activities that could put undue stress on your hip joint, such as running and playing tennis, following surgery.
We give you options
Onward Orthopedics offers proven, minimally invasive surgical techniques that reduce pain and recovery time, getting you back to the life you love. And we partner with the best orthopedic surgeons in your area to ensure you receive the personalized care you need and deserve. Here are the surgical solutions for hip pain we successfully perform every day.
This minimally invasive procedure allows the surgeon to see inside your joint using a small camera. The surgeon then uses special tools to repair the bone or joint. A hip arthroscopy requires fewer incisions, reduces scarring and carries a lower risk of infection. Hip arthroscopy also offers more targeted treatment and is often more cost effective to perform than more invasive procedures.
If you suffer from advanced arthritis and have exhausted your non-surgical treatment options, you may be an ideal candidate for hip resurfacing. During this procedure, the surgeon trims and then caps the ball of your femur with a smooth metal covering. Hip resurfacing is less invasive than a full hip replacement and offers a quicker recovery time, especially for physically active adults.
Total Hip Replacement
In this procedure, the surgeon replaces your entire hip joint with a prosthetic or artificial joint. Total hip replacement can often be a major surgery, but our experts may be able to perform a minimally invasive version of this procedure for qualifying candidates.
Learning about these surgical options is just the first step to treating your hip pain. When you visit your physician, they’ll perform a physical examination, ask you about your goals and review your medical history to determine which procedure is right for you.
Your patient journey starts here
When you choose Onward Orthopedics as your hip replacement surgery provider, we connect you with a team of experts and guide you through a three-step healing process.
- Meet your patient care manager. Once you submit an evaluation request online or by calling 210-880-3823, your dedicated Patient Care Manager will contact you to schedule your initial evaluation, verify your insurance and answer your questions about the process.
- Meet your doctor. During your initial evaluation, you’ll meet with a skilled Onward Orthopedic surgeon. They’ll address your concerns and partner with you to decide on the best course of treatment. Each of our doctors possesses an exceptional track record treating patients from all walks of life. Whatever your condition, you can feel confident you’re in great hands.
- Begin the healing process. Each patient’s specific treatment timeline varies, but the quality of service we provide does not. Here are a just few examples of the treatment plans our patients have benefited from.
- After a two-week program of prescribed physical therapy, your doctor will meet with you and discuss whether or not surgery is your best option.
- After prescribing and assessing the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory medications, your doctor will evaluate your progress.
- If your condition is severe and requires immediate surgical attention, your doctor will submit a scheduling request and your Patient Care Manager will make arrangements as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Regardless of your specific treatment plan, you can be sure your Patient Care Manager will keep you posted on follow-up appointments and will check in following your procedure to ensure you’re enjoying the best possible recovery experience.
Don’t put up with hip pain and the limitations it places on your life. Contact us today to learn about the best treatment option for you and get started on the path toward healing. Call 210-880-3823 or fill out this form to begin.