The goal of hip surgery is to help relieve your pain and improve your quality of life through expert care. Patient satisfaction after hip replacement surgery is between 95 and 98%. Our experienced team of orthopaedic surgeons are dedicated to helping you reach or return to your desired level of activity, as quickly and safely as possible.
Hip Replacement Surgery
In a total hip replacement surgery, the painful parts of the damaged hip are replaced with artificial hip parts called a prosthesis, a device that substitutes or supplements a joint. The prosthesis consists of three components: a socket, ball, and stem. The outer shell of the socket is usually made of metal and the inner shell consists of polyethylene (plastic). When the ceramic ball is joined with the socket, the new hip allows for smooth, nearly friction-less movement.
Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery
In an anterior hip replacement, the surgeon reaches the hip joint from the front of the hip, which means no muscle needs to be detached. This minimally invasive surgery allows for easier recovery and a more rapid return to normal functions. Anterior hip replacement surgery allows patients to immediately bend their hip freely and bear full weight without any restrictions on the positioning of their leg postoperatively.
Rehabilitation After Surgery
The recovery process from total hip replacement will take time. Your orthopaedic surgeon will work with you to develop a rehabilitation plan that begins while you’re still in the hospital and continues until you feel completely healed. Typical recoveries include physical therapy exercises to regain your strength, pain management, and learning safe new ways to move and bend.
Hip replacements are designed to last your entire life. However, replacements can wear out due to natural use over time, or to an infection that can develop in nearby tissues.
Hip revisions remove old hip implants that may have become a problem, and replace them with new ones. This type of hip replacement surgery requires extraordinary skill to remedy the initial replacement—MedStar orthopaedic surgeons at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center have the requisite expertise and surgical skill to perform such an important procedure.
Infected Total Joints
If a total joint replacement becomes infected, the health of the joint and limb, as well as the overall health of the patient, become an immediate concern and should be addressed in a timely fashion. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon immediately if you are experiencing any issues.