Partial hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which only part of the hip joint, typically the ball, is removed and replaced with an artificial implant. This type of surgery is recommended for patients with severe chronic hip symptoms, but where hip damage is not extensive enough to warrant full replacement. The goal of this procedure is to increase function and range of motion while decreasing pain and other symptoms.
Partial or Total Hip Replacement
Partial hip replacements are very often used to treat patients who have suffered from a hip fracture due to a fall. This is due to fractures commonly occurring in the upper femur where the ball of the hip joint is located. Partial hip replacement is rarely recommended for patients with arthritis, as this condition is far more likely to cause hip damage in both the upper and lower joint, necessitating a full hip replacement.
Hip fractures that require surgery are usually treated very quickly, often within days of diagnosis. However, there may be cases, especially in younger patients with a non-displacement fracture, where the physician wants to explore conservative treatments to see if the fracture will heal on its own. In either situation, patients can undergo a series of preoperative evaluations to ensure they are a good potential candidate for partial hip replacement.
Formerly requiring a full open procedure, partial hip replacement can now be performed on an outpatient basis with less disruption to surrounding tissue due to advances in minimally invasive techniques and microsurgical equipment.
The exact procedure will vary on an individual basis, but a partial hip replacement will generally follow these steps once anesthesia is administered:
The surgeon will access the area around the affected hip with one or more small incisions and the use of an arthroscope (a thin, flexible camera)
The ball of the hip (upper femur) will carefully be removed
The surgeon will then graft a custom-fitted prosthesis into the femur and test to ensure that it fits properly in the socket
The hip will then be reset along with any supporting soft tissue
The surgeon will close the surgical site
Patients can expect thorough post-operative instructions in the recovery area. It is important not to rush the rehabilitation process but it is equally important to begin moving the hips as soon as safely possible. Thus making work with a professional physical therapist and rehab specialist to help regain strength and function in the hip while recovering from surgery is absolutely critical.
The cost of this surgery depends on a number of specific considerations. This includes the extent of the procedure, the insurance carrier, and other factors. Medicare will cover a partial hip replacement if it is a medically necessary treatment.
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