Your hip joints are engaged in nearly every motion. So when your hip hurts, everything suffers. Working, walking, playing, driving, even sitting can be a challenge. Our job is twofold – to relieve your pain and get you back into your daily routine.
We make sure that our patients experience high quality state-of-the-art care. We utilize advanced technologies and surgical techniques ideal for rapid recovery and long lasting joint function.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY?
If you have later stages of osteoarthritis, a severe hip fracture, your hip joint hurts when you rest at night, or your hip is severely deformed, our surgeons may recommend total hip replacement surgery (arthroplasty). This often involves a ball-and-socket replacement for your hip joint. You may need crutches or a walker for a while after surgery. Rehabilitation is important to restore your hip’s flexibility and work your muscles back into shape.
WHAT IS HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY?
Hip replacement surgery has become one of the most common orthopedic surgical techniques of this century. Improvements and advances in joint replacement surgery and technology have greatly increased the effectiveness of hip surgery. More than 168,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States.
If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. Resting and sitting may even feel uncomfortable.
If medications, changes in your everyday activities, and the use of walking aids such as a cane are not helpful, you may want to consider hip surgery. Options can include; a partial hip replacement, total hip replacement or reconstruction to change the existing mechanics of hip function.
Dr. Rod Plaster is a nationally recognized, fellowship trained, joint replacement specialist who is well known to be highly successful in helping patients relieve pain and restore movement.
HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO STAY IN THE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY?
Most patients require one to three days in the hospital. After total hip replacement surgery, you will likely feel some postoperative pain, so you will receive pain medication to make you as comfortable as possible. To avoid lung congestion after hip surgery, you will be asked to breathe deeply and cough frequently. To protect your hip during early recovery, a positioning splint, such as a V-shaped pillow may be placed between your legs. Your surgeon may suggest some walking and light activity even the day after your surgery. Most hip replacement patients stand and walk with the help of a walking support the day after surgery. A physical therapist in the hospital will teach you specific home exercises to strengthen your hip and restore movement for walking and other normal daily activities.