If you suffer from persistent hip pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, an injury, or joint deterioration, a hip replacement could both relieve pain and improve mobility. Advancements in technology, technique and materials make hip replacement surgery a viable option for many patients. During the procedure, the damaged hip joint is replaced with an implant that recreates the ball and socket of a healthy hip. Most patients can return to an active lifestyle after hip replacement, often becoming more mobile than they had been for years while suffering from hip pain.
Many people still think of the procedure as the last step to treating hip problems. They fear post-operative complications and months of recovery time. However, there have been tremendous advancements in the last few years. New technology and new approaches have made hip replacement surgery less invasive, with decreased recovery time,” says Dr. Robert Deveney, specialist at the Total Joint Center at OrthoConnecticut. “In fact, some minimally invasive approaches, when medically appropriate, can have patients on their feet within days of surgery.”
The anterior approach 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. It also results in fewer post-operative restrictions than other types of hip replacement surgeries.
A new, minimally invasive procedure called a mini-posterolateral total hip replacement allows for a small incision, no cutting of the abductor muscles, and full weight-bearing immediately after surgery. Shorter recovery time and fewer post-operative complications are observed with this procedure. Ask your specialist if these procedures are right for you.
New materials, such as ceramic or plastic, are significantly less corrosive than previously used materials such as metals, and result in improved joint longevity. “State-of-the-art materials and leading-edge technology have made hip replacement a very strong option for so many people these days,” says Deveney. “We are eager to inform patients about all the options so they can make the best decision for themselves and get back to their active lives.”
OrthoConnecticut has 31 fellowship-trained, board-certified physicians offering patient care, and has offices in Danbury, Darien, New Canaan, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Sharon, Southbury, and Westport. The practice’s urgent care service, OrthoCare Express, is open seven days a week for emergencies and is available in Danbury, Darien, Norwalk, and Westport. For more information, visit myorthoct.com or call 833-ORTHOCT (833-678-4628).