Total Hip Replacement

Total Hip Replacement

During total hip replacement surgery, our surgeons remove the ball and socket of the damaged hip joint and replace them with artificial implants. The goal of the procedure is to relieve pain and improve the range of motion for patients dealing with chronic issues such as arthritis or hip fractures. 

Reasons for Hip Replacement

The most common reason to undergo a total hip replacement procedure is due to arthritis. This condition, including age-related osteoarthritis and the autoimmune condition rheumatoid arthritis, can cause extensive hip damage. The hip joint consists of the ball of the hip (upper femur) and the hip socket (acetabulum) in the pelvis. 

Arthritis is an inflammation of the hip that occurs when the protective layer of cartilage wears down due to age or becomes damaged due to an immune response. A hip joint may be affected by bone-on-bone contact over time, resulting in pain and limited movement. 

The majority of cases do not require hip surgery. Conservative treatments and lifestyle adjustments are often effective for symptom management. Patients may be referred to a surgeon for the following reasons:

  • Hip pain is severely disruptive to quality of life
  • Mobility is limited due to decreased range of motion and pain
  • Pain persists when at rest 
  • Conservative treatments have been exhausted without bringing adequate relief from symptoms

Conditions

Once a surgeon has consulted with the patient and performed an evaluation to determine if they are a good potential candidate for surgery, a total hip replacement procedure will typically consist of the following steps:

  • Accessing the hip
  • Using precision techniques to remove the very top of the upper femur and replace it with a prosthesis
  • Removing damaged tissue from the socket and replacing it with a corresponding implant and spacer
  • Resetting the hip and any supporting soft tissue
  • The surgeon will close the surgical site

This procedure generally takes one to two hours, however, it can vary depending on the patient. With the help of minimally invasive techniques and advanced surgical technology, this type of surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis which allows for a shorter hospital stay. Patients should expect to undergo physical therapy and rehabilitation in order to help the healing process, rebuild supporting muscles and increase the function of the new hip joint.

Cost

The cost of this procedure varies depending on a range of factors. This includes the extent and location of the surgery, the type of implant, and the patient’s insurance carrier. Patients should be aware that Medicare covers total hip replacement if deemed a necessary part of treatment.

Learn More About Hip Pain Relief

For more information about treatments for hip injuries and conditions that can get you back to an active lifestyle, reach out to BEST Health System today. Our dedicated team can help you create a personalized treatment plan that works for you.

Procedure Doctors

Related Articles

Headshot of At-Home Exercises for Spinal Arthritis

At-Home Exercises for Spinal Arthritis

The Importance of Physical Activity Physical activity can be very beneficial for easing the symptoms of arthritis of the spine. For instance, regular exercise can […]

Headshot of Physical Therapy for Bone Spurs

Physical Therapy for Bone Spurs

When is Bone Spur Treatment Necessary? When spinal bone spur treatment is necessary, the goal is usually to manage any uncomfortable symptoms as conservatively as […]

Headshot of Physical Therapy for Ruptured Discs

Physical Therapy for Ruptured Discs

What is a Ruptured Disc? A ruptured disc occurs when the disc’s outer layer breaks and the gel-like material inside is pushed out into the […]

Headshot of Rebuild Your Life with Endoscopic Spine Surgery

Rebuild Your Life with Endoscopic Spine Surgery

A Brief Overview of Endoscopic Spine Surgery Endoscopic spine surgery is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional spine surgery. Unlike traditional open-back surgery, this procedure […]

Headshot of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy – What is it and Can it Help You

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy – What is it and Can it Help You

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy? If you have never heard of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, don’t panic, BEST has you covered. PRP therapy uses a […]

Headshot of Lumbar Decompression Therapy

Lumbar Decompression Therapy

Lumbar decompression is a technique that can help relieve symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness that people feel in their lower backs, buttocks, legs, […]

Headshot of What is Posterior Cervical Fusion for Neck Pain?

What is Posterior Cervical Fusion for Neck Pain?

Chronic neck pain can prevent you from doing the activities and hobbies that you once loved. When left untreated, chronic neck pain can radiate to […]

Headshot of Laminectomy v. Facetectomy | BEST

Laminectomy v. Facetectomy | BEST

Laminectomy and facetectomy are two of the specific procedures often recommended for treating spinal narrowing by taking pressure off of a compressed spinal nerve. Patients […]

Headshot of What are Types of Injections for Back Pain | BEST

What are Types of Injections for Back Pain | BEST

Injections are used for both diagnosing and treating back pain. While there are several different types of injections, the premise is generally the same. A […]

Headshot of What is a Discectomy? | BEST

What is a Discectomy? | BEST

A common symptom of everal spine conditions is local and radiating pain caused by a compressed nerve along the spinal cord. This pain can range […]

Headshot of What is a Foraminotomy? | BEST

What is a Foraminotomy? | BEST

Nerves in the spine can become compressed for several reasons. However, the symptoms of a compressed nerve in the spinal cord are often the same: […]

Headshot of What is Facet Thermal Ablation with Laser? | BEST

What is Facet Thermal Ablation with Laser? | BEST

Facet thermal ablation is a procedure that involves heating one or more nerve endings in the spinal facet joints that are causing pain. Similar to […]