Hip Replacement | Fishersville, VA
Hip Replacement Surgery
The hip joint is one of the largest joints in your body connecting the thighbone, or femur, to the pelvis. A large weight-bearing joint surrounded by cartilage, ligaments and muscles, the hip facilitates mobility. It is a ball and socket joint that is held together by special cartilage known as the labrum. The goal of hip replacement surgery is to alleviate pain, restore mobility and increase the function of the diseased joint. This goal is achieved by removing the damaged or diseased parts of the hip and replacing them with a prosthesis.
Direct Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement
With the growing number of patients opting for full hip replacement as a form of treatment, surgeons have started implementing a less invasive form of hip replacement surgery called the direct anterior approach. With the anterior approach, the hip joint is accessed from the front of the hip (the word anterior means “front”) rather than from the side or back of the hip. The most commonly used hip replacement approach is from the back of the hip, called the posterior approach.
Advantages of anterior hip replacement include:
- Less damage to major muscles
- Less post-operative pain
- Faster recovery
- Decreased risk of hip dislocation
- Better range of movement
- Shorter hospital stay
Symptoms of Hip Disease
Often hip pain is debilitating and limiting to your freedom and independence. You should NOT have to suffer with hip pain when there are many options for treatment that begin with nonsurgical alternatives. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, call Shenandoah Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine today:
- Unrelenting pain even at rest
- Pain that worsens when walking
- Pain that disrupts sleep at night
- Difficulty going up or down stairs
- Difficulty getting into or out of your vehicle
- Difficulty rising from a seated position
- Pain that interferes with everyday activities
Hip replacement surgery is recommended for patients with hip joint damage from conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, hip fracture or injury. It is important to begin treatment to reduce inflammation and pain and slow the disease process. Patients who seek help earlier in the disease process have reported better outcomes than patients who wait.
Nonsurgical Treatment Options
There are many conservative treatment options to consider before total hip replacement surgery. Your doctor will order diagnostic imaging such as MRI or X-rays to determine the stage of degeneration or disease. The results will aid in accurate diagnosis of the condition as well as determining a treatment plan. Conservative treatment options to consider before surgery include:
- Physical therapy
- Home exercises
- Activity modification and lifestyle changes such as diet restrictions
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Walking aids such as a cane or walker
It may be possible that you have a hip injury that can be reconstructed or repaired with minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. Most surgical procedures are followed by a rehabilitation program that will help achieve the best outcome for the patient. At Shenandoah Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, we will develop a rehabilitation plan that is tailored specifically for you. With graduated levels of exercise, you can reach personal goals and improve strength and stability in your joint.