When advanced arthritis makes hip pain a constant part of your day and gets in the way of walking, it’s time to talk about a hip replacement. The board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates, LLP, have extensive experience performing hip replacements that can eliminate your pain and restore your mobility.
You may need a hip replacement if you break your hip or develop osteonecrosis. Osteonecrosis is a rare condition in which some of the bone dies when the blood supply is blocked.
However, osteoarthritis is the most common reason for getting a hip replacement. Osteoarthritis develops over years of repetitive movement that wears down cartilage inside the hip joint.
Once osteoarthritis develops, it’s an incurable disease that progressively breaks down the cartilage. Without that cushion, the bones rub together, causing pain and stiffness.
If your arthritis causes severe pain and loss of movement despite conservative treatment, your hip hurts while you rest, or your symptoms interfere with daily activities, it’s time to talk with your provider at Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates, LLP, about a hip replacement.
Your surgeon begins by removing the rounded ball at the top of your femur (thigh bone). They insert a stem-shaped prosthetic piece into the center of the femur and then attach a prosthetic ball to the stem. Both of these pieces are typically made of metal.
Turning their attention to the hip bone, your surgeon cleans away all the damaged bone and tissues and reshapes the bone to hold the prosthesis. They place a cup-shaped metal shell in the hip and cover it with a plastic liner. This part of your new hip recreates the original socket.
Finally, your surgeon places the ball into the socket and ensures your leg moves properly within the new joint. For the last step, they close the incision.
Pain management is an important part of your recovery, not only to keep you comfortable but also to alleviate the pain by helping you move. Getting active boosts healing, helps you learn to use your new hip and prevents blood clots that can form after surgery.
You have a gentle exercise routine to follow at home for the first few weeks and you’ll start physical therapy as soon as possible. Most people can resume light activities in 3-6 weeks after their hip replacement and you can expect a full recovery within 8-12 weeks.
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