The goal of hip replacement surgery is to help relieve your pain and improve your quality of life. In a total hip replacement surgery, the painful parts of the damaged hip are replaced with artificial hip parts called a prosthesis, a device that substitutes or supplements a joint. The prosthesis consists of three components: a socket, ball, and stem. The outer shell of the socket is usually made of metal and the inner shell consists of plastic, or the entire socket may be plastic. When the metal ball is joined with the socket, the new hip allows for smooth, nearly friction-less movement.
Anterior Hip Replacement
In an anterior hip replacement, the surgeon reaches the hip joint from the front of the hip, which means no muscle needs to be detached. This minimally invasive surgery allows for easier recovery and rapid return to normal functions. Anterior hip replacement allows patients to immediately bend their hip freely and bear full weight when comfortable.
People who suffer hip pain or experience decreased mobility may benefit from this minimally invasive surgical procedure. When other conservative measures to relieve pain have not been effective, talk with your surgeon to see if you are a candidate.
Hip Replacement Rehabilitation
The recovery process from total hip replacement will take time. Your orthopaedic surgeon will work with you to develop a rehabilitation plan that begins while you’re still in the hospital and continues until you feel completely healed. Typical recoveries include physical therapy exercises to regain your strength, pain management, and learning safe new ways to move and bend.
Hip replacements are designed to last your entire life. However, replacements can wear out due to natural use over time, or to an infection that can develop in nearby tissues. Hip revisions remove old hip implants that may have become a problem, and replace them with new ones. This surgery requires extraordinary skill to remedy the initial replacement—MedStar orthopaedic surgeons in both the central Maryland and Washington regions have the requisite expertise and surgical skill to perform such an important procedure.
Infected Total Joints
If a total joint replacement becomes infected, the health of the joint and limb, as well as the overall health of the patient, become an immediate concern.
Not all orthopaedic specialists are trained to manage and treat infected total joints. At MedStar Health, our orthopaedic surgeons appropriately manage and aggressively treat infections. This often times requires removal of the total joint implant and a course of antibiotics followed by revision joint replacement. While this is unfortunate, it is critical for removing the bacteria from your system and maximizing your overall health and outcome.
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- Learn more about hip replacement surgery at the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute
- Learn more about hip replacement surgery from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- FAQ about hip replacement from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health