Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint, which allows bending and straightening of your body and movement of your lower limbs. The hip is one of the most commonly replaced joints, and osteoarthritis is the main reason for hip replacement surgery and other joint procedures. Other conditions, such as a traumatic fall, may also require the need for a hip replacement.
There are two types of total hip replacement: traditional and anterior approach. In both procedures, the ball (top part of the femur, or leg bone) and hip socket are replaced. What differs between these two procedures is the placement of the incision, which can be on the side or front (anterior) of your hip. Using computer-assisted surgery, our total joint experts can ensure the proper positioning of your hip implant.
Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement surgery involves making a 10- to 12-inch incision on the side of the hip. The muscles and tendons are detached from the hip bone and the hip is dislocated to allow access to the joint. This procedure is typically recommended for severe arthritis in which the bones of the hip joint painfully rub against each other.
Anterior Approach Hip Replacement
Anterior hip replacement involves exposing the front side of the hip joint instead of the side. During this technique, the incisions are small and the muscles and tendons are not cut. Instead, they are separated naturally, resulting in decreased pain, a quicker recovery period, and fewer activity restrictions than traditional hip replacement surgery.
During hip resurfacing, the hip socket (acetabulum) is prepared and replaced similar to a total hip replacement. Once the diseased cartilage is removed, a cup is press-fitted into place in the affected socket.
Instead of cutting off the arthritic femoral head of the thighbone, the surgeon leaves it intact. He simply reshapes and "resurfaces" the head with a metal mushroom-like cap that is secured in place with a type of bone cement.
Following hip surgery, you will go through several weeks of physical therapy. Working together, your doctor and therapist will customize a treatment plan for you and create a seamless continuum of care, from your initial diagnosis to surgery to recovery.
When you need a hip replacement, you are in good hands at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group. If you are a candidate for hip replacement, our joint reconstruction specialists offer several approaches for this procedure. Your surgeon will determine which technique is best suited for you.
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