Thousands of Americans are diagnosed with hip arthritis every year. While most cases can be successfully treated with non-invasive treatments and anti-inflammatory medication, the more advanced cases may require surgical procedures like minimally invasive arthroscopy or anterior hip replacement surgery. Arthroscopy is typically recommended for patients who experience loss of mobility coinciding with acute pain. For patients with advanced arthritis, total hip replacement surgery may be appropriate. The physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line offer treatment options for various types of arthritis including those that can lead to hip replacement surgery. Let’s examine the viability of total hip replacement surgery as a possible solution for arthritis.
How does arthritis affect the hip?
Arthritis causes acute pain around the hip joint. The hip joint, often referred to as the ‘ball and socket’ joint, is located where the round head of the femur fits into the pelvic bone. A healthy joint achieves easy movement free of pain, thanks to healthy lubricating cartilage covering the ball. Some common forms of arthritis that may lead total joint replacement include:
- Osteoarthritis – the loss of the lubricating cartilage and irregularities of the femur and pelvic bones.
- Post-traumatic arthritis resulting from a fracture or injury.
- Rheumatoid arthritis causing inflammation of the synovial membrane.
- Childhood hip disease.
What is total hip replacement?
Ever since its introduction in the 1970s, total hip replacement has gone through a string of steady improvements. Total hip replacement surgery involves the removal of the damaged hip joint and replacing it with a prosthesis (artificial implant). The prosthesis design features a cup, liner, ball, and stem. The surgery helps eliminate pain and restore mobility. The best initial decision is to consult a physician to decide if it is an appropriate solution for you.
Need Advice? Consult an Orthopaedic Surgeon
If you have worsening hip or joint pain that is affecting your mobility, it is important to talk to an orthopedic surgeon to find out if total joint replacement is right for you. Joint replacement is available for the hip, knee, shoulder, and ankle. The Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line is her to help you find a joint replacement surgeon. The physicians participating in the referral line specialize in joint replacement in Plano and nearby areas. Speak with one of our patient navigators to get more information about joint replacement surgery in Plano and other areas of the metroplex. Just call 888 608 4762 or click here.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.