Total hip replacement also called hip arthroplasty may be necessary for those with pain due to advanced arthritis or injury. Patients often find common activities such as walking, getting in and out of a chair, or putting on their socks and shoes painful and difficult.
In a total hip replacement, a surgeon removes the head of the thighbone, resurfaces the hip socket and replaces the joint with a combination of metal, plastic, and/or ceramic implants.
If more conservative treatments (eg. injections, medications, walking supports, or physical therapy) aren’t adequately relieving your pain, you should schedule an appointment to speak with one of our physicians to ask about hip replacement surgery.
Hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can relieve your pain, increase your mobility, and allow you to get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.
Hip Replacement Surgeons
Most patients are discharged within two to three days, and begin working with a physical therapist during their hospital stay to maintain strength and range of motion. Patients are usually able to resume their regular activities in about six weeks.
Activities Following Surgery
It is important for patients to recognize that resuming normal activity after hip replacement surgery takes several weeks, and that they may have to alter the way they do certain activities until they are fully recovered. Patients should follow the guidelines of their physician and physical therapist.