Grand View Health offers a minimally invasive direct anterior and posterior approach to total hip replacement, a surgical procedure where the worn out surfaces of the hip are replaced with metal and plastic components. Over time, cartilage that cushions the bones can wear away, cause pain and discomfort, and make simple pleasures like walking and shopping unbearable. Hip replacement can reduce or eliminate pain, allow easier movement, and get you back to the activities you enjoy.
Your procedure will be performed at The Joint Center at Grand View Health—a unit that’s dedicated to just joint replacement patients. Our respected team of highly trained board-certified orthopaedic surgeons from Upper Bucks Orthopaedics at Grand View Health work with specially trained nurses, therapists and technicians who will help you get back to your favorite activities as quickly as possible.
Our state-of-the-art technology means a quicker recovery, increased mobility and excellent outcomes for our patients. And with improvements in surgical techniques, pain management and pre- and post-op care, it’s now common for most patients to go home from the hospital after just one or two days.
Hip replacement surgery may be considered for those suffering from arthritic hip pain that severely limits the activities of daily living. It is only recommended after careful examination and diagnosis of your particular joint problem, and only after more conservative measures such as exercise, physical therapy and medications have proven ineffective.
There are many kinds of hip implant designs available today, and no one design or type is best for every patient. Surgeons select the implant they believe is best for their patient’s needs based on a number of factors including age, activity level, the implant’s track record, and his or her comfort with the instruments associated with the particular implant.
With improvements in surgical techniques and post-op care, it is now common for most patients to be able to go home from the hospital after just one or two days. If you have both hips replaced at the same time, the stay may be longer. Of course, each patient is different, but the goal should be for you to recover in the comfort and privacy of your own home as soon as possible.
Recovery can vary from person to person, but most people will need to use an ambulation aid such as a walker for two weeks or so. Driving may be possible within four weeks, and activities such as golf and bowling can be resumed in as few as 10 to 12 weeks. Some activities such as singles tennis and contact sports are not recommended after hip replacement. Most people will be in the hospital one or two days, though some patients, particularly those who live alone, may need to spend a few days at a rehabilitation center or nursing home.
Even though hip replacement surgery is considered a successful procedure, it is major surgery and as with any surgery, there are risks. Possible complications include blood clots in your leg veins, infection, implant loosening, fractures, nerve or blood vessel damage and hip stiffness.
Your surgeon and healthcare team will take great care to minimize the risk of these and other complications. Keep in mind that complications are relatively rare, but they need to be understood by you and your family.
You will experience some discomfort after surgery, but we will do everything we can to keep you as comfortable as possible. Pain after hip surgery varies from person to person, and is not entirely predictable, but modern medications and improved anesthetic techniques greatly enhance our ability to control pain and discomfort after surgery.
Gold Seal of Approval for Total Joint Replacement—Hip by The Joint Commission