Experience Hip Replacement Excellence at City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Understanding Hip Replacement Surgery
Total hip replacement surgery, also known as total hip arthroplasty, is a transformative procedure designed to address hip pain and discomfort. It involves the removal of damaged bone and cartilage in your hip, which is then replaced with artificial components. These components comprise a metal socket affixed to the pelvic bone, a plastic liner, a ceramic or metal ball, and a stem that integrates with the thigh bone or femur.
Individuals often contemplate when and why hip replacement becomes necessary. This decision is personalized, contingent on your activity level and functional requirements. Hip arthritis can impose limitations, hindering you from participating in cherished activities or even disrupting your sleep.
When is Hip Replacement Surgery Vital?
At City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, we recommend hip replacement surgery when conservative treatments prove ineffective for the following hip conditions:
- Hip Arthritis
- Hip Fractures
- Hip Avascular Necrosis or Osteonecrosis
Demystifying the Hip Replacement Process
Collaborating with your doctor and family, a series of preparatory steps will be undertaken to ensure optimal outcomes and minimize surgical risks.
You will undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation, which may encompass cardiac clearance from your medical doctor within 30 days of your surgical date. Essential tests, including blood tests, an ultrasound to rule out previous blood clots, and a chest X-ray, will be conducted to ensure surgery safety. Pre-operative dental care might also be necessary to address any gum or dental infections. It’s vital to ensure that all pre-operative clearances are sent to your surgeon’s office at least two weeks before surgery.
Materials Used in Hip Replacement
The materials commonly employed include cobalt-chrome or titanium components, fixed to the bone using bone ingrowth surfaces or bone cement. The ultimate objective is to restore hip function and facilitate a swift and secure return to your regular activities. At City Orthopaedics, we prioritize your mobility, employing innovative and research-backed techniques.
We’ll conduct a thorough allergy assessment, inquiring about past reactions or allergies to antibiotics, latex, anesthesia, jewelry, metals like nickel, blood clots, MRSA infections, and other factors crucial to optimizing your surgery.
Medications and Your Surgery
Your surgeon and primary doctor may recommend discontinuing specific medications, such as strong blood thinners like Plavix or Coumadin, several days to a week before surgery. New medications might be introduced based on your medical history. You may also need to take certain medications on the morning of surgery, even without food intake. Ensure you bring a comprehensive list of all medications, including vitamins, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements, as some of these may interact with post-surgery medications.
Accessing Pre-Surgery Information
You’ll receive an informative booklet detailing your joint replacement, accompanied by a thorough pre-operative consultation. Consider attending one of our pre-op classes with a friend or family member to gain insights into your upcoming surgery.
We advocate a pre-operative evaluation by a physical therapist (prehab) to strengthen your leg and establish a post-surgery relationship with your PT.