Hip Replacements2019-02-11T18:49:03-09:00


3 Types of Hip Replacement Surgery That We Offer.

Hip replacements are needed due to damage of the hip joint from arthritis, injuries, congenital hip conditions, or problems with blood flow to the hip bone (avascular necrosis).
A total hip replacement surgery is performed to improve motion in the hip and decreases pain in the hip.
Before surgery is considered, we most often recommend non-surgical options like losing weight to take the stress off the joint, physical therapy, medications, injections or using walking assistant devices such as a walker or a cane.
When pain or stiffness of the hip limits a patient’s daily activities despite the above measures, surgery is usually the next step.

1. Posterior Hip Replacement

Minimally invasive, posterior hip replacement (the mini-posterior approach)– often better for patients with larger body mass index or certain types of bone quality. This is the long-standing standard surgery, improved by making a smaller incision. All of our doctors perform this procedure.

2. Direct Anterior Hip Replacement

The most common type of hip replacement. Patients seem to do better faster in the early stages of healing with this approach. There is a slightly decreased risk of dislocations. The incision is about the same size as the posterior approach. Technically it is more difficult but Drs Rhyneer, Caylor, and Parker have been doing them a long time and are very proficient.

3. Revision Surgeries

Revision surgeries – are done for a previous hip replacement that is dislocating, infected, broken or worn out, or when there is a fracture of the bone around it. The posterior approach is used.

Hip Replacement Surgery FAQ’s

How long is hip replacement surgery?

Usually from the time an incision is made to the time the incision is closed varies but is often around 60-90 minutes.

 How Long is Hip Replacement Recovery Time?

We have our patients up standing or walking with a physical therapist within the first 24 hours. Some patients will go home the same day while others stay overnight. Pain medication is often needed for the first week. A gradual progression and return to full walking occur with a physical therapist. Most patients are back to office work within 2-3 weeks and for manual labor jobs within 4-6 weeks.

How Long Does Hip Replacement last?

Hip replacements usually last 10-15 years with usual activities, and the newer plastic materials are often lasting longer.

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