If your hip is causing you serious pain and/or preventing you from living your regular productive life and all other avenues have been exhausted, hip surgery (arthroplasty) can be the solution. You can return to an active life, relatively free of pain.
The replacement parts are a stem, ball, liner and socket. Your hip damage or disease may not affect all of these so replacement might be partial. Surgery solutions are selected according to each individual circumstance. Your doctor is the best person to advise you on this.Surgeons have many good techniques to choose from. They include:
Traditional Hip Replacement: The typical hip replacement procedure uses one of two approaches performed through similar incisions located on the upper thigh and buttock. One is called a posterior lateral approach (posterior means rear) and the other is the anterior-lateral approach (anterior means front)
Minimally Invasive Techniques: The term refers to approaches using smaller incisions combined with traditional approaches, as well as to alternate surgical approaches employing smaller incisions or sometimes two incisions.
As with any surgery, each of these techniques poses some risks. Recovery takes time and hard work. The life of a new joint depends on weight, activity level, age, and other factors. Each patient responds differently. The most common adverse events following hip surgery include dislocation, leg length discrepancy, failure to improve all pain, bone fracture, change in component position, infection, loosening, and tissue reaction.The aims of hip replacement are to:
- Give back quality of life
- Relieve pain
- Correct deformity
- Improve mobility through:
- Providing a stable joint
- Improving joint function