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What is a hip replacement?

Hip replacement is a surgical procedure to replace part or all of your hip joint. This ball-in-socket joint is the largest in your body and is made up of bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons that work together to give you mobility.

If you damage any of these structures in your hip or you have a condition like arthritis, it can lead to chronic pain and inflammation that limits what you can do physically. When conservative treatment can’t relieve your pain or improve your hip’s mobility, you might need hip replacement surgery.

This type of surgery can also address osteonecrosis, a condition that can develop when a hip fracture or dislocation limits the blood supply to your hip joint and causes the joint to collapse.

What is involved in hip replacement surgery?

The orthopedic surgeons at Southern Oregon Orthopedics can often use minimally invasive techniques to replace your natural hip joint with a synthetic joint. These techniques only require small incisions in your hip to access your joint, so you can heal faster and have less risk for complications.

There are several types of hip replacement surgeries available including:

Anterior hip replacement

Anterior hip replacement is a minimally invasive surgical technique that requires only a three-to-four-inch incision on the front of your hip to access the joint.

The surgeons can replace your natural joint with the artificial joint without removing any tendons. This type of surgery may not be suitable for those with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 or those with complex hip disorders.

Total hip replacement

During a total hip replacement, the surgeons use arthroplasty techniques to remove damaged portions of cartilage and bone and replace them with a prosthetic joint.

Screws or cement help hold the socket in place, and your surgeon inserts a spacer between the new ball and socket to ensure it glides freely.

Unlike anterior hip replacement, total hip replacement has no age or weight restrictions.

MAKOplasty® total hip replacement

MAKOplasty® total hip replacement is an innovative surgical procedure to replace your hip joint using the RIO™ Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System.

Your surgeon controls the robotic arm to replace your hip joint with the highest level of precision. The MAKOplasty® technology ensures the accurate alignment of your hip joint to reduce your risk for dislocation. Your surgeon can also preserve more of your healthy bone using this type of surgery.

How long does it take to recover from hip replacement?

Since everyone recovers differently from surgery, your surgeon will discuss how long you can expect to be off from work and limit your activities.

Southern Oregon Orthopedics offers comprehensive rehabilitation services to help you restore flexibility and function in your hip after surgery.

To learn more about the benefits of hip replacement, call the Southern Oregon Orthopedics office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

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