You’re preparing a daytime snack when an apple falls to the floor. It used to be a breeze to pick it up. But now you feel pain in the spot where your leg meets your body. It even hurts when you walk, go shopping, or try to do just about anything.
If that sounds familiar, it’s a sign you may have a hip problem. Arthritis or an injury are common causes. Many people with hip problems will feel discomfort in their groin area. That’s because the pain comes from the ball and socket, the bones that connect your thighs to your hips. When the cartilage that cushions the ball and socket wear down, you may need hip replacement surgery.
Such a decision requires thought, planning and expertise. The local, experienced and board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at Grand View Health will take a personal approach during every step of your healing journey. We’ll meet with you, review all your options, provide answers, and help you choose whether surgery is right for you.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about total hip replacement to help guide you:
You may be a candidate if you suffer from arthritic hip pain that limits your activities of daily living. Surgery will be recommended only after careful examination and diagnosis of your hip problem, and only after you’ve tried non-surgical options such as exercise, physical therapy and medication.
No one design fits every patient. A surgeon will choose the implant that’s best for you based on your age, activity level, the implant’s track record, and the surgeon’s comfort with that implant.
We perform a type of hip replacement procedure where the worn-out surfaces of your hip are replaced with metal and plastic components. This is called a direct anterior and posterior approach to total hip replacement, and it’s minimally invasive. This technique is designed to reduce or eliminate pain, allow easier movement, and get you back to the activities you enjoy.
The Joint Center at Grand View Health is dedicated to joint replacement patients. Our local, experienced, board-certified surgeons from Upper Bucks Orthopaedics at Grand View Health will work with specially trained nurses, physical therapists and technicians who will help you get back to your favorite activities as quickly as possible. Our surgeons have earned the Gold Seal of Approval for Total Joint Replacement—Hip from The Joint Commission.
You may go home after just one or two days. If you have both hips replaced at the same time, your stay may be longer. Our goal is to help you recover in the comfort of your own home as soon as possible. However, every patient is different, and some patients may need to spend a few days at a rehabilitation center or nursing home after surgery.
Most people will need to use a walker or other device for about two weeks. You may be able to drive within four weeks, and you may get back to favorite activities like golf or bowling in 10 or 12 weeks.
Complications from total hip replacement are rare. Possible complications include blood clots in your leg veins, infection, implant loosening, fractures, nerve or blood vessel damage and hip stiffness. Your care team will work to minimize the risk of these and any other complications.
You will experience some discomfort after surgery, and we will work to keep you as comfortable as possible. Modern medications and new anesthetic techniques help us to help you control your pain.