If you suffer from persistent hip pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, an injury, or joint deterioration, a hip replacement could relieve pain and improve mobility. During the procedure, your damaged hip joint is replaced with implants that recreate the ball and socket of a healthy hip. Most patients can return to an active lifestyle after hip replacement.
While it is not uncommon for a doctor to recommend a hip replacement to those suffering from chronic hip pain, many people still think of the procedure as the last step to treating hip problems. They fear postoperative complications and months of recovery time. However, the procedure has made tremendous strides in the last few years.
The anterior approach, according to specialist Dr. Robert Deveney of the Total Joint Center at Danbury Orthopedics, gently pushes muscles and surrounding tissue apart, sparing the muscle tissue from trauma. “This enables a much faster recovery and a quicker return to normal function after the operation,” he says. “It also results in fewer postoperative restrictions than other types of hip replacement surgeries.” Ask your orthopedist if you are a candidate for this procedure.
There is also a minimally-invasive procedure called a Mini-Posterolateral total hip replacement, which allows for a small incision, no cutting of the abductor muscles and full weight bearing immediately after surgery. Shorter recovery time and fewer postoperative complications are observed with this procedure. For more info, please visit dortho.com or call 203-797-1500.