If arthritis or other degenerative disease is causing chronic hip pain and limiting your mobility, you may be a candidate for hip replacement surgery. The skilled orthopaedic surgeons at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. offer comprehensive hip replacement services to help you regain your mobility and alleviate chronic pain for the long term. Learn more about the lasting benefits of hip replacement surgery by calling the San Diego office or booking an appointment online today.
A hip replacement is a surgical treatment to address severe hip damage. When your hip joint is no longer functioning properly due to deterioration from an underlying medical condition such as osteoarthritis, you can find it difficult to walk and may develop chronic pain.
Other reasons you may need a hip replacement include:
When other treatments aren’t working for you, a hip replacement may provide long-term pain relief and increase your range of motion and overall functionality.
The experienced orthopaedic surgeons at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. can evaluate the health of your hip joint and may first recommend other treatments like physical therapy, medications, and walking aids to improve your mobility.
However, if chronic pain or deformities in your hip prevent you from enjoying a high quality of life, your doctor may recommend a hip replacement.
The compassionate medical team at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. provides you with preparation instructions prior to your surgery date.
Because you need time to recover, it’s important that you prepare ahead of time to make your recovery easier. This includes enlisting help from friends and family to care for you at home for the first week or two when you’re unable to walk.
You may need pre-surgery blood work and other tests to ensure you’re healthy enough for anesthesia and surgery.
Your doctor at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. administers anesthesia before surgery to put you into a deep sleep and prevent pain.
To access your hip, they make an incision on the outside of your hip and remove areas of unhealthy tissue or bone and insert an artificial hip joint, connecting the end of your thighbone to the new joint. You’ll spend time in recovery before being allowed to go home and rest.
The artificial components of the hip are made of high-quality, durable materials that work just like your natural hip joint. As you recover, you may need physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your hip. With therapy and proper healing time, you regain your ability to walk and move your joint normally.
You can expect long-term results after a hip replacement, with many people enjoying a lifetime of pain-free living.
Find out if you’re a candidate for hip replacement surgery by calling San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. or scheduling a consultation online today.