Do you have hip pain?
Is your quality of life limited by that pain?
Is walking to your front door and experiencing the world outside becoming a monumental task?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes…you may have hip arthritis. There are a number of non-surgical, or conservative, treatment options for osteoarthritis and other forms of arthritis. Typically, non-surgical options start with gentle exercise and physical therapy. As the arthritis becomes more painful and limiting, surgery (hip replacement) is generally recommended after conservative treatment options fail to provide relief.
Many options exist for hip replacement. Minimally invasive total hip replacement techniques are becoming very popular. One of the most talked about orthopedic advancements is the ASI (Anterior Supine Intermuscular) hip replacement technique. Minimally invasive hip replacement involves more than just a shorter incision. Modern minimally invasive techniques also focus on the way surgeons gain access to the hip joint. The goal is to minimize muscle and tendon disruption, making surgery less traumatic for patients, allowing for shorter hospital stays and quicker recoveries.
Total Hip Replacement
When non-operative treatment fails to control the discomfort and stiffness from arthritis of the hip, your surgeon may recommend total hip replacement. Joint replacement implants, typically made from metal alloy and polyethylene (plastic), are used to resurface the joint. Newer implants with metal or ceramic sockets are now being used in selective patients. Total hip replacement replaces the upper end of the femur (thighbone) and resurfaces the acetabulum (socket). The implants are designed to restore function and eliminate as much discomfort as possible while allowing you to return to a more active lifestyle.
Traditional total hip replacement surgeries may cause longer hospital stays, delayed physical therapy, increased risk for post-operative complications (ex: dislocation), and increased pain. With the ASI technique, rehabilitation and walking typically begin the day of surgery, and your hospital stay is normally 1to 3 days. Therapy will begin in the hospital and usually continues after discharge for approximately six to twelve weeks.