Hip replacement (or hip arthroplasty) is a surgery that replaces a damaged hip joint with an artificial one. Your new hip joint will help you bend and move your hip without pain. When hip pain hinders your mobility, the relief you’re seeking may be available with a hip replacement at Riverview Health.
You may be a candidate for a hip replacement if hip pain limits your daily activities, you have hip pain at rest, X-rays have shown severe joint damage along with a loss of cartilage and bone, or if less invasive treatments haven’t worked.
One of our orthopedic surgeons will begin by making an incision in your hip to remove damaged cartilage and bone before replacing it with plastic or metal surfaces. This can be performed as either a total hip replacement or a partial hip replacement (a possible option for leg fractures involving the femur head). For total hip replacements, we offer the anterior approach, which is less invasive and doesn’t cut muscle.
Hip replacement is a major surgery that requires general anesthesia, so you’ll be in a deep sleep and won’t feel any pain. You should plan to spend a few days at Riverview Health before being admitted into a physical therapy program. You’ll likely feel back to normal within 8-12 weeks, although a full recovery could take up to a year.
Many people find they’re able to return to activities they were no longer able to do before surgery. Although most hip replacements still function well 15 years after surgery, you can help extend the life of your artificial hip by avoiding contact sports, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight.
When hip pain is keeping you from leading an active life, ask our orthopedic experts if a hip replacement is right for you. Request an appointment with our orthopedic team today by calling 317.565.0505 or by completing an appointment request form.