The hip is one of the body's largest joints. It is a ball and socket joint formed by the acetabulum, which is part of the large pelvis bone. The ball is the femoral head, which is the upper end of the femur (thighbone). The bone surfaces of the ball and socket are covered with articular cartilage, a smooth tissue that cushions the ends of the bones and enables them to move easily.
A thin tissue called synovial membrane surrounds the hip joint. In a healthy hip, this membrane makes a small amount of fluid that lubricates the cartilage and eliminates almost all friction during hip movement.
Over time, injury or arthritis can degenerate the hip joint, causing great pain and discomfort. Hip replacement surgery (total hip arthroplasty) may be an option if uncontrollable pain restricts you from everyday activities.
There are over 160,000 hip replacements performed every year to increase mobility and eliminate joint pain. The top reasons patients consider hip replacements are:
Osteoarthritis- The gradual deterioration of the cartilage that cushions the joint
Rheumatoid arthritis-inflammation of joint tissues, causing worn and swollen joints
Osteonecrosis-rapid deterioration of a bone or joint after a severe blow or fall
Adult hip dysplasia-abnormal placement of the hip
About the Procedure
Total hip replacement or total hip arthroplasty replaces the damaged bone and cartilage with prosthetic components.
Anterior Hip Replacement
Anterior hip replacement is minimally invasive and uses smaller incisions and more specialized instrumentation. This approach to hip replacement minimizes muscle and tendon disruption, resulting in a less traumatic surgery experience for patients, shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries.
Anterior hip replacement allows patients to immediately bend their hip freely and bear full weight when comfortable. After surgery, patients are asked to use their hip normally. During supervised therapy, patients go up and down stairs before their hospital release. With the advances in hip replacement technologies, the longevity of your new joint implants and your mobility are enhanced.
Schedule an appointment with a hip replacement specialist today.