Patients in the Plano, TX, area or any surrounding city who may need a total or partial hip replacement should consult with the participating physicians at Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center. The participating surgeons offer advanced treatment options for total hip replacement including Minimally Invasive Anterior Total Hip Replacement. With anterior total hip replacement the surgeon approaches the hip from the front as opposed to the side or back which provides less damage to the major muscles, less post-operative pain and a faster recovery as well as a decreased risk of hip dislocation and better range of motion.
You will receive an extensive preoperative evaluation of to determine if you are a candidate for a hip replacement procedure. Your healthcare provider will assess your degree of disability, its impact on your lifestyle, pre-existing medical conditions, and your heart and lung function.
If hip replacement surgery is right for you, your surgeon will decide which type of implant and implant material (metal, plastic or ceramic) will work best.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the hip is a ball-and-socket joint – the largest such joint in the body – which allows the leg to move in a wide range of motion and helps bear the weight of the body. In a healthy hip joint, a cushion of cartilage helps prevent friction as the ball of the femur (thigh bone) moves in the hip socket. However, over time, or as a result of certain medical conditions, joint damage from deteriorating cartilage, or a fracture, the hip may not function as it should. This may prompt a physician to recommend a hip replacement.
A total hip prosthesis consists of three parts
Hip Replacement Symptoms
For instance, the participating physicians at Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center in Plano, TX, may suggest surgery if a patient is experiencing:
This surgery is not recommended for patients with:
Total Hip Replacement Procedures for Patients in Plano, TX & Surrounding Communities
Hip Replacement Procedure
Hip replacement surgery is performed using general or spinal anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision, often over the buttocks, to expose the hip joint. The head of the thigh bone is surgically removed, the hip socket is cleaned out, and a tool called a reamer removes all of the remaining cartilage and arthritic bone.
The new socket is implanted, after which the metal stem is inserted into the femur. The artificial components are fixed in place, sometimes with special cement. The muscles and tendons are then replaced against the bones and the incision is closed.
You will experience moderate pain after surgery, however, your doctor may prescribe injections of narcotic medications, patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) or epidural medications to control pain for the first couple of days after surgery. The pain should gradually decrease and, as it does, oral medication may be sufficient to control the pain. It is important to control the pain enough to participate in physical therapy. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection, which would require removal of the artificial joint.
Patients typically stay in the hospital for 1 to 4 days after surgery. However, some patients may need to stay temporarily at a rehabilitation unit or long-term care center until mobility has improved and you are safely able to live independently. The use of crutches or a walker may be necessary for as long as three months. Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy as quickly as the first day after surgery, depending on your condition. Permitted activities and your rate of recovery will depend on your condition prior to surgery and the surgical method performed.
Patients who are candidates for hip replacement surgery can consult with one of the participating physicians with a focus on hip injuries and conditions. Several of the participating physicians perform Anterior Supine Intermuscular (ASI) hip replacement surgery, which is considered the least invasive surgical procedure for the hip. ASI avoids cutting through some of the muscles and tendons that are usually affected by traditional hip surgery. While performing ASI, the surgeon may also use a smaller hip implant to conserve more of a patient’s own bone and tissue, helping to reduce the recovery times and pain. As a result, patients are typically able to resume their regular routines more quickly than if they underwent traditional hip surgery.
To learn more about hip replacement procedures, contact Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center by calling (888) 608-4762. We serve patients in Plano, TX, and beyond.