Each year in the United States, orthopedic surgeons perform more than 300,000 hip replacements, more than double the number in 2000, largely due to advanced surgical techniques. The team at Orthocenter has the expertise and training in these new surgical approaches to hip replacement, helping their patients in Red Bank, Morganville, and Marlboro Township, New Jersey, regain the freedom to move without pain. To learn more, call or use the online scheduling tool.
While it’s always preferable to preserve what Mother Nature originally provided, there can come a time when your hip presents more of a liability than an asset, hampering your ability to make your way through the world.
Most patients turn to hip replacement because of degenerative joint disease, namely osteoarthritis, as well as rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis due to a previous injury.
The orthopedic surgeons at Orthocenter use the latest advances in minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. There are several ways they go about your hip replacement, depending upon your unique situation. In all cases, however, the goal is to replace the parts of your joint that aren’t functioning properly to help you regain pain-free mobility.
To do this, they typically remove the femoral head on your thigh bone and replace it with a metal stem. After placing a metal ball on the top of the stem, they remove the damaged cartilage surface inside the socket of your hip joint, which is called the acetabulum, and replace it with a metal socket. Lastly, they place a spacer in between your new ball and socket to promote easy gliding within the joint.
To perform these steps, your surgeon can use the following approaches:
Until recently, most surgeons used the posterior approach, but the anterior approach is fast gaining in popularity because surgeons have found that recovery is much improved and the long-term results are better. The surgeons at Orthocenter offer both approaches.
If you’d like to preserve your hip, the surgeons at Orthocenter offer hip preservation surgery. They perform this surgery arthroscopically to stop the progression of degenerative conditions, chiefly arthritis, and to improve function. Using arthroscopy, your surgeon can remove damaged and loose cartilage, repair labral tears, and free up hip impingements.
To find out which type of surgery is best for your situation and your goals, the orthopedic surgeons at Orthocenter are happy to sit down with you to review your options.
If you’d like to regain freedom of movement in your hips, call Orthocenter or schedule an appointment at one of their three locations using the easy online booking tool.