- Do you have trouble sleeping through the night because of hip pain?
- Is your hip pain worse even after other treatments?
- Does hip pain limit or prevent you from doing everyday activities?
- Do you require a cane to walk due to hip pain?
Hip replacement surgery is among the most common surgeries in the U.S., and Scripps surgeons perform more than 3,000 hip and knee replacement surgeries each year. That total is more than any other local health care provider, according to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
Also called hip arthroplasty, this surgery involves replacing the hip socket and end of the thigh bone (femur) with man-made implants. The type of implant is based on a patient's hip damage, age, weight, activity level and other lifestyle factors. Some patients may be eligible for partial or minimally invasive hip surgeries.
This surgery may provide faster recovery for the right patients because it is performed without incisions into major leg muscles. Anterior means the incision is made in front of the hip joint. The other two traditional methods are called posterior (from the back of the hip) and lateral (from the side of the hip).
Most people stay in the hospital for a few days after a hip replacement. The day after surgery, your doctor and nurses will help you start moving and walking. Before going home, you'll learn exercises to strengthen the hip joint as it heals. Patients often have an excellent recovery. Most or all of your hip pain should go away in time.
Thanks to improved technology and advanced surgical techniques, hip replacement is now easier, safer and more effective than ever before.
Scripps expert orthopedic surgeons use state-of-the-art medical equipment and innovative procedures to place artificial joints—called implants—with outstanding precision and accuracy to mirror your natural anatomy and movement.
In many cases, new surgical techniques can mean a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.