A growing number of people with severe arthritis pain in their hips are choosing to have hip replacement surgery. New techniques and implants have made hip surgery quicker and easier, so you can get back to living your life.
Candidates for total hip replacement have usually tried other treatments, such as medications, physical therapy or injections. Their X-rays often show that the cartilage in their hip has worn away, making the bones in the joint rub together. This causes pain and more bone damage.
Scripps orthopedic surgeons provide hip replacements and other hip procedures across the San Diego region for local and out-of-town patients.
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.
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.