Hip Replacement and Reconstructive Surgery
- How Your Hip Joint Works
Your hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint. The roundish head of the thighbone (femur) moves around inside the cuplike hollow socket (acetabulum) of the pelvis.
Sometimes as we age, the cartilage and bone become deteriorated and damaged, causing pain and loss of mobility.
Why the Procedure Is Performed
The most common reason patients at Scott & White have hip replacement surgery is to provide relief from arthritis, either from years of wear and tear or from joint destruction as a result of disease or muscular or skeletal trauma. Other reasons for replacing the hip joint include fractures, which are common causes for hip replacements in older adults, and hip joint tumors.
When the pain can no longer be managed by medication and lifestyle changes, sometimes it’s necessary to remove the damaged bone and replace it with a prosthetic implant.
Scott & White Bone & Joint Institute offers early-intervention and restructuring procedures in addition to partial and total hip replacements. Our surgeons generally perform minimally invasive hip surgery, using smaller incisions with care taken to preserve the muscles and soft tissues below the skin, quickening recovery and returning you sooner to an active lifestyle.
Hip replacement is one of the most successful orthopedic surgery at Scott & White, with more than 95 percent of patients reporting dramatic improvement in mobility and reduction in pain.
Early-intervention and restructuring:
- Osteotomy - Reshaping the hip to a resemble a more normal hip structure
- Hip Arthroscopy - Trimming away excess bone and torn cartilage to treat hip dysplasia and hip impingement
- Vascularized Fibular Graft - Grafting fibular bone to treat avascular necrosis
Partial and total hip replacement:
- Total Hip Replacement - Replacing the entire hip joint with a prosthetic hip
- Revision - Reworking or repairing an existing hip replacement if it’s too old, painful, loose or dislocated
At Scott & White, we use a variety of prosthetic hip implants — including ceramic, metal and plastic — tailored to your needs. All of these prostheses function in your body without rejection, corrosion or wear, and all can withstand weight-bearing loads and can move smoothly and with ease. Your prosthetic hip may last as long as 20 years.
Your surgeon will discuss which artificial hip implant is best for you, depending on these factors:
- Your age
- Your activity level
- Your disease process
- Your preference