mobility, pain and the inability to perform daily tasks can be a frustrating
reality for those who experience severe hip pain. When you can’t sleep well at
night, walk around the grocery store and go for walks outdoors, your quality of
life can suffer.
good news is, total hip replacement surgery has evolved over the years and the
advancements that have been made can change the course of a person’s life.
during a hip replacement surgery?
a total hip replacement (or total hip arthroplasty, as it is sometimes called),
a physician will remove the damaged femoral head and replace it with a metal
stem that is then inserted into a hollow area of the femur. An artificial ball
will then be placed on the top of the stem. The ball is typically made of metal
or ceramic material. An artificial socket will also be inserted after the
damaged cartilage is removed. Along with other components, these pieces will
fit together perfectly to form the new ball and socket in your hip joint.
doctor will help you find the hip replacement method that best meets your
will either recommend a posterior hip replacement or an anterior surgical
hip replacement, a more traditional approach, involves a surgical incision
along the outer buttock and provides access to the joint through the muscles on
the back side of the lower pelvis.
replacement using an anterior surgical approach may not be suitable for all
patients, but for those with limited comorbidities and who are not
significantly overweight, it can be a successful alternative.
While the procedure will temporarily limit mobility as you
heal, artificial hip joints can last for anywhere between 10 to 20 years. The
longevity and quality of life that hip replacement surgery provides allows
people to live normal lives, pain free.
having a total hip replacement surgery, most patients:
- Experience better range of
- Are able to walk and move
without chronic and excruciating pain
- Can resume the activities and
hobbies they had before the hip pain got in the way
- Have a vastly improved
quality of life
has also found that those who decided to
undergo total hip replacement surgery greatly reduced their chances of heart
failure, diabetes and depression compared to those who avoided treatment.
The long-term results that a total hip replacement provides
can help you enjoy life to its fullest. If your hip is
causing you chronic and severe pain, it might be time to see a doctor. Hear one patient’s
story to learn more about total joint replacement and see how
Campbell Clinic can find the best treatment method for your lifestyle.