Surgical Hip Treatments

Surgical Hip Treatments

Hip replacement surgery offers relief from hip pain and stiffness caused by arthritis, fractures, or other hip joint issues. Our  orthopaedic surgeons employ minimally invasive surgical techniques to replace either one or both ends of the affected hip joint with artificial components.

Anterior Approach Hip Replacement

The anterior approach uses a smaller incision near the front of the hip and avoids cutting muscle to access and replace the joint. Hip arthroplasty requires replacing the ball that sits at the top of the thigh bone as well as the socket of the pelvis. The worn-out hip joint is then replaced with prosthetic components. This procedure reduces pain and improves function. With the traditional posterior (back of the joint) approach, the surgeon must cut through muscle to access the joint.

Muscle Sparing

Muscle sparing, also known as direct anterior total hip arthroplasty, is a minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. It is referred to as muscle sparing surgery because no major muscles are cut enabling a quicker return to normal activity.

Velys™ Hip Navigation

Computer-assisted hip navigation is integral to enhancing precision and optimizing outcomes in total hip replacement procedures. This advanced tool provides accurate measurements for the positioning of hip implants, offering real-time data through X-rays and computer-generated charts during surgery. By leveraging this technology, surgeons can determine the precise leg length necessary to ensure optimal stability for the patient. Additionally, this approach allows for shorter operation times and reduces the duration of anesthesia.

Advantages of VELYS™ Hip Navigation may include:

  • Restoration of your leg length may lead to better hip stability and preservation of your hip’s natural movement.
  • Verification of desired implant position that may potentially help reduce the likelihood of hip dislocation.
  • Reduced operative time.

Total Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement surgery is primarily recommended to alleviate severe arthritis, fractures, and certain bone abnormalities. Candidates for this procedure typically experience debilitating pain that hinders daily activities and work, which cannot be adequately managed with anti-inflammatory medications, canes, or walkers. Additionally, individuals may have significant hip stiffness.

It’s important to note that total hip replacement surgery is a major procedure, and patients should discuss potential risks with their doctor beforehand. The average duration for full recovery ranges from six to 12 weeks.

During hip replacement surgery, the femoral (thigh bone) head and the acetabulum (hip socket) are replaced with artificial components. This involves implanting five components in place of the arthritic bone:

Acetabulum (hip socket):

  1. The arthritic femoral head is removed, and any present arthritis in the socket is shaved away.
  2. A cup is press-fit into the pelvis to serve as the new socket.
  3. A high-grade polyethylene liner is inserted into the cup to facilitate smooth movement between the cup and the femoral head.

Femur (thigh bone):

  1. The femur is prepared for the stem, which will secure the femoral head in place. The stem is placed in the bone space down the femur.
  2. A neck is affixed to the end of the stem to accommodate the new femoral head.