Hip Replacement Surgery

Arthritis in hipHip pain is a common problem for middle-aged and elderly Americans and arthritis is the most common cause of that pain. If arthritis-related hip pain interferes with your quality of life, your doctor will first recommend conservative treatments such as medications and cortisone injections. Eventually, hip replacement surgery may be your best option, and CHI Franciscan Health offers anterior approach surgery, a minimally invasive method where the incision is made through the front or side of the thigh instead of through the buttocks. We also offer posterior approach surgery, which is the more traditional form of hip replacement surgery. With the posterior approach, the surgeon cuts through the buttock muscles to reach the hip joint.

Hip replacement, also called total hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace a worn out or damaged hip with a prosthesis (an artificial joint). This surgery may be considered following a hip fracture or for someone who suffers from severe pain due to arthritis.

The goal of hip replacement surgery is to replace the parts of the hip joint that have been damaged and to relieve hip pain that cannot be controlled by more conservative treatments.

A traditional hip replacement involves an incision several inches long over the hip joint. Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery is not suited for everyone. Your surgeon will determine the best procedure for you, based on your unique situation.

Reasons for total hip replacement

Hip replacement surgery is a treatment for pain and disability in the hip. The most common condition that results in the need for hip replacement is osteoarthritis. Other forms of arthritis may also be treated by hip replacement surgery. Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation of the synovial lining of the joint and results in excessive synovial fluid and may lead to severe pain and stiffness. Traumatic arthritis, arthritis due to hip injury, may also cause damage to the articular cartilage of the hip and degeneration of the hip joint.

Hip replacement may also be used as a method of treating certain hip fractures.

If traditional medical treatments cannot control pain due to arthritis, hip replacement surgery may be an effective option. Some medical treatments for degenerative joint disease may include the following:

  • anti-inflammatory medications
  • glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate
  • pain medications
  • limiting painful activities
  • assistive devices for walking (canes, walkers)
  • physical therapy

In addition, your surgeon may have other reasons for recommending hip replacement surgery.

Taking the first step

An evaluation with an orthopedic surgeon will determine whether hip replacement surgery is an appropriate course of treatment for you. Your primary care doctor may refer you to one or you can get a referral to a specialist on staff at CHI Franciscan by calling 1-888-825-3227 or find an orthopedic surgeon near you.

Attend a free Health Talk

One of the best ways to better understand your condition and meet a physician on staff at CHI Franciscan is to attend a free health talk. There, you can get your questions answered by one of our leading orthopedic specialists and get more information on the latest treatment options for joint replacement, foot and ankle pain, back ailments, sports medicine and more. View a list of upcoming talks.