Do you need a hip replacement?

Since the hip bears so much of the body’s weight and is key to its movement, it can be very susceptible to arthritis and other conditions. When these occur, they can seriously impact our ability to go about our daily lives. Sometimes a hip replacement is the best option for treating a number of hip conditions, including arthritis, bone loss, bursitis (when the cushioning around your joints becomes inflamed), or hip pointers (muscle bruises and tears).

You may want to think about consulting an orthopedic surgeon or asking your primary care doctor for a referral if you feel like one leg is shorter than the other, or if you had hip problems as a child. Also, if you have chronic hip, buttock, or groin pain that makes it difficult for you to put on your shoes and socks, go up and down stairs, get in and out of a car, or walk past a certain distance, that could be a sign that you may need surgery.

If you’re suffering from hip pain, you’re not alone. Almost 300,000 Americans have total hip replacements every year.

Meet our orthopedic surgeons specializing in hip replacement

Our specialists at Phelps Hospital are committed to staying current on all of the latest techniques and technology, including minimally invasive procedures, to bring you the best care possible.

Our preferred approach to hip replacements

Our orthopedic surgeons at Phelps are experts in the Anterior Approach for total hip replacement, also known as minimally invasive or muscle-sparing hip replacement surgery. The traditional posterior approach involves accessing the hip joint from behind and detaching and reattaching a muscle. In our approach, surgeons access the hip from the front, in between two muscles, which allows for

  • more accurate placement with image guidance
  • reduced complications
  • quicker recovery

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our orthopedic specialists.

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The 2018-2019 U.S. News & World Report named Phelps Hospital a high-performing hospital for hip replacement.

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What can I expect if I need a hip replacement?

During a total hip replacement, your surgeon will remove the damaged hipbone and cartilage and replace them with a full hip prosthetic made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. You will recover in our Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), and when your nurses determine you are ready, you will be moved to the Orthopedic Unit. During your recovery, specially trained staff will make sure that you have all the services you need to return home.

After a major procedure like hip replacement surgery, you will not be able to immediately return to your daily routine as usual. There will be a recovery period, and you will have to perform your usual activities in a way that is adapted to your new hip. An occupational therapist will assist you with that.

You will also have a physical therapist that will help you become mobile and instruct you on navigating safely with an assistive device. Most patients are discharged with home care services to ensure a safe recovery even after you have left the hospital.

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