Who Is A Candidate For Hip Replacement?
Patients who are candidates for hip replacement surgery commonly have a hip joint that has been badly damaged, usually by arthritis. A limited blood supply to the hip joint due to injury, a previous hip fracture, and years of overuse can also cause significant damage to the hip joint and indicate the need for a hip joint replacement.
Most patients who have pain or stability issues associated with the hip joint will initially try to reduce their symptoms using a combination of conservative treatments, like activity modification, weight loss, exercise, physical therapy, cortisone injections, and regenerative therapy (like BMAC or PRP Therapy).
A majority of those patients will be able to manage their symptoms using conservative treatments and avoid or delay the need for a hip replacement procedure.
If a patient finds a non-surgical approach to treatment is or has become ineffective, the need for joint replacement surgery may be indicated. An orthopedic doctor may recommend hip joint replacement surgery if hip pain and the loss of hip joint functionality is severe.
Total Hip Joint Replacement
The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The ball of joint is called the femoral head. The socket is known as the acetabulum.
During a Total Hip Joint replacement (also known as a hip arthroplasty), the ball and the socket of the hip joint are replaced with ceramic or metal parts. This surgical procedure can be done taking an anterior, posterior, or lateral. The approach or combination of approaches an orthopedic hip surgeon uses can depend on several factors, including experience, the complexity of the disorder and the patients body weight.
Hip Treatment & Surgery in Brooklyn
Early treatment of a hip joint disorder is important because a patient is more likely to respond well to non-surgical treatment methods.
If you are experiencing hip pain or stability issues, schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic hip specialist to have your condition evaluated and discuss the best available treatment options.