Our hip doctors understand that living with severe, chronic hip pain and discomfort gets in the way of doing what you want to do every day. If you’ve pursued nonsurgical hip pain treatment options with no relief, its likely hip reconstruction or hip replacement surgery may be a way to get back to the life you’ve been missing.
At your first appointment with one of our experienced orthopedic hip physicians, we will review your overall medical history, physical symptoms, images obtained from X-rays and/or MRIs and your personal goals. This information will help our physicians create a customized treatment plan just for you. Hip replacement is one of the most successful operations in medicine and has been performed since the 1960s. These surgeries can be safe and effective treatments for hip pain and can increase your range of motion significantly.
Why Have Hip Replacement Surgery?
Treatment for hip pain always begins with nonsurgical approaches such as physical therapy, pain medications and cortisone injections. When those options have been exhausted, it’s time to consider hip surgery to repair, remove and/or replace the necessary portions of the pelvis and femur that form your hip joint.
Hip reconstructions and replacements are primarily performed as a hip arthritis treatment to relieve hip pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis. These forms of arthritis all cause varying forms of wear and tear on the hip that can end up resulting in the need for hip surgery.
Surgery is also an option to treat hip impingement and hip dysplasia.
Types of Hip Replacement Surgeries
Depending on your particular situation, you may be a candidate for hip reconstruction or total hip replacement surgery. Your hip replacement surgeon will review your options with you.
Hip reconstruction options include:
- Hip arthroscopy, a minimally invasive treatment to repair hip impingement, labral tears and loose cartilage in the hip joint causing chronic pain.
- Hip joint resurfacing surgery, an alternative treatment to total hip replacement, often aimed at younger patients.
- Hip osteotomy, a complex surgery that involves cutting the pelvis around the hip joint and shifting it into a better position to support the stresses of walking.
If you don’t qualify for those options, a total hip joint replacement, also called hip arthroplasty, may be helpful. This involves the hip replacement surgeon replacing the cartilage that has deteriorated beyond repair with a hip implant or artificial hip that the hip replacement doctor selects to best meet the patient’s needs.
No matter which option is chosen, you’ve taken the most important step toward living a pain-free life.