If you have persistent hip pain that interferes with your normal activities and doesn’t respond to treatment, it may be time to consider hip replacement surgery. Orthopedic surgeon Tyson Christensen, MD, and the team at Orthopedic Associates PA perform total hip replacement surgery in Farmington, New Mexico. Many patients are candidates for same-day outpatient hip replacement surgery at the local ambulatory surgical center. To find out if a total hip replacement is right for you, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Also called total hip arthroplasty, hip replacement is a surgical procedure that involves removing damaged parts of your hip and replacing them with an artificial joint. This helps to reduce pain and improve mobility in people who have hip pain due to arthritis or an injury.
Arthritis is the most common reason for hip replacement surgery. Various types of arthritis affect the hip, including osteoarthritis, the most common form. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage in your joint to break down, which makes it painful and difficult to move.
Other forms of arthritis that commonly affect the hip include rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease, and post-traumatic arthritis, which may develop after an injury.
Hip injuries may also lead to osteonecrosis, sometimes called avascular necrosis. This condition restricts the blood supply to the hip, causing bone damage and arthritis.
First, your provider at Orthopedic Associates PA thoroughly reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure you’re a good candidate for a total hip replacement. They may take in-office imaging tests to evaluate your hip joints, such as an X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
They spend as much time as you need to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure. If you’re overweight, they may recommend weight loss to minimize stress on the hip replacement.
Your surgeon may perform a total hip replacement in the hospital or as an outpatient procedure at the local ambulatory surgical center. Total hip replacement surgery typically takes 1-2 hours.
If you have an outpatient procedure, you can go home the same day. Your Orthopedic Associates PA provider gives you instructions on how to recover at home, including pain management and wound care.
They may also recommend a physical therapy and rehabilitation plan that includes eating a balanced diet and specific exercises to strengthen your hip. Most people can resume day-to-day activities within 3-6 weeks after total hip replacement surgery.
Depending on your needs, your surgeon may recommend using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to speed up your post-surgical recovery.
For the highest-quality care in total hip replacement surgery, call Orthopedic Associates PA, or book an appointment online today.
Our Orthopedic and Podiatric care encompass a wide range of specialties. Covering everything from sports medicine, total joint replacement and revision, osteoporosis, arthroscopic reconstruction of the knee and shoulder, pediatric orthopedics, foot and ankle reconstruction, and care for all foot and toe related pain or issues.