If you have hip pain, you know the restrictions it places on your life. Fortunately, you also have a team of experts at your side. The surgeons, nurses, and rehab specialists at the Ascension Saint Agnes Orthopedic & Spine Institute will give you a new hip – and a new pain-free lease on life.
Types of Hip Procedures
Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement is a surgical procedure that involves the replacement of the hip socket and the ball of the thigh bone. Over time the hip joint may have been worn down due to use or other conditions that can damage the joint such as arthritis. If untreated, a deteriorated hip joint can cause pain and loss of motion.
During the procedure, your surgeon will remove the ball at the top of your thigh bone or femur. The socket where the femur fits into the hip joint will also be treated and a lining will be inserted. The ball at the top of the femur will be replaced with a permanent implant that will fit into the newly lined hip socket. Once your surgeon determines that the new joint is working well, the surgery site will be cleaned and closed.
Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement
The anterior approach to hip replacement surgery is a minimally invasive surgical option. This approach allows the surgeon to perform the joint replacement without damaging the nearby muscles and tendons. This results in less pain and a shorter hospital stay.
Hip arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which the surgeon uses an arthroscope. This procedure is used not only to diagnose the cause of hip pain but also, in some cases, can be used to treat hip pain as an alternative to hip replacement surgery. This procedure can often be performed in an outpatient setting.
Hip Joint Resurfacing
To resurface a hip joint, the surgeon inserts a metal lining in the hip socket and places s similar lining over the top of the femur or thigh bone. The metal implants replace the cartilage that allows the hip to move freely.
Partial Hip Replacement
The surgeon will replace half of the hip joint during a partial hip replacement procedure. This procedure involves removing the ball at the top of the femur or hip bone and replacing it with a metal implant that fits into the hip socket.