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The hip is a ball-in-socket joint and is one of the largest weight bearing joints in the body and is commonly affected by arthritis. Hip arthritis can negatively impact your quality of life. It can lead to loss of motion and discomfort. Initially, hip arthritis may present as mild pain limited to the groin and buttock region, particularly with activity. As it progresses, the symptoms worsen, gradually causing a decline in your quality of life. Even the activities we all take for granted, like putting on our socks, walking, playing with your children and grandchildren, or vacationing all become cumbersome as the arthritis worsens.

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Is It Time For A Hip Replacement?

Hip replacement surgery is aimed at decreasing pain, increasing function, and improving your quality of life, thereby restoring your ability to perform the activities that define you. Since it’s a matter of quality of life, you’ll know when the time is right. When you can no longer perform those activities by which you measure your quality of life, then a hip replacement is a great option.

What Is A Total Hip Replacement?

A total hip replacement is a successful procedure aimed at replacing a painful or poorly functioning hip with artificial components, or prosthesis. The goal of the procedure is to remove the worn out parts of the hip joint and reproduce the anatomy with artificial implants. To accomplish this, a hip replacement is composed of three general categories: hip socket, femoral stem, and a head. The outer shell of the new socket is usually made of metal. The inner shell, or liner, can be made of ceramic, metal, or a plastic called polyethylene. When a metal or ceramic ball is joined with the socket, the new hip can produce smooth, nearly frictionless movement. The stem, which fits into the thighbone, is commonly made of titanium. This safe procedure reliably removes the painful bone-on-bone contact responsible for so many of the symptoms of hip arthritis.

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How Long Does A Hip Replacement Last?

There are many factors that play a role in the longevity of hip prosthesis, including your physical condition, weight, activity level and the placement of the hip during surgery. While the artificial hip can experience wear and tear over the years, there is a good chance that your first hip replacement will sustain you throughout the rest of your life with ease, mobility, and comfort.

What Risks Are Involved?

There are many risks associated with a hip replacement surgery, though each is unlikely and typically in the 1-2 % range. Some risks include blood clots, infection, fracture, dislocation, change in leg length, and loosening of the artificial hip. Over years, the hip prosthesis may wear out or loosen due to everyday activity. It can also result in a biologic thinning of the bone called osteolysis. If loosening is painful, a second surgery called a revision may be necessary.

Minimally Invasive Options

Minimally invasive approaches have been developed in order to improve an already successful operation. Traditionally, hip replacement surgeries involve a long posterior-based incision measuring 6-12 inches with a lengthy rehabilitation, often requiring initial restriction in range of motion. A variation of this procedure is the minimally invasive posterior approach. Here, a much smaller incision is made and less soft tissue is disrupted, allowing for no post-operative restriction in range of motion.

Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery

The traditional hip replacement surgery is performed though a 6-12 inch incision along the back of the thigh and buttocks or the side of the thigh. It also involves tearing or cutting of large muscles to allow for access to the hip joint. The anterior approach to hip replacement surgery involves an incision along the front of the hip, and is typically 3 to 6 inches in length. It is also a “muscle-sparing” approach, in that typically no muscles are torn or cut during the surgery. Because of the way the surgery is performed, and the fact that we use x-rays to visualize the hip during the surgery, anterior hips have a lower dislocation rate than with a traditional hip replacement. Since the procedure focuses on a “muscle-sparing” approach, patients tend to have less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a quicker recovery. In certain cases, these surgeries can even be performed on an outpatient basis. Additionally, there are no range of motion restrictions at any point after surgery, allowing the patient to return to an active lifestyle early on in the recovery process.

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9380 S.W. 150th Street, Suite 270
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-256-4334
Fax: 305-256-4336

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