There are more than 300,000 hip replacement surgeries performed each year in the United States, a number that is expected to rise along with the aging population. At Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group, PA, with offices in SILVER SPRING, Rockville, and GERMANTOWN, Maryland, the team of orthopaedic surgeons uses the latest, minimally invasive techniques to restore mobility to patients through hip replacement surgery. If you want to move freely through the world again, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
Your hip is a large ball-and-socket joint that relies on articular cartilage for smooth function. When this cartilage breaks down, usually due to arthritis, you’re left with an increasingly painful and stiff hip.
If you’ve tried more conservative methods to maintain mobility in your hip and relieve the pain, but to no avail, a hip replacement surgery is an extremely viable solution that has helped millions of people get back on their feet again.
The orthopaedic surgeons at Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group use the latest techniques to perform your hip replacement surgery, including minimally invasive surgery, which they perform at the Piccard Surgery Center, a multispecialty, outpatient surgical center in Rockville.
During your hip replacement surgery, your surgeon removes the damaged cartilage, as well as the damaged ends of your bone. After removing your femoral head, they place a stem into your bone and outfit it with a prosthetic femoral head. They then resurface your acetabulum (hip socket) with a metal socket.
Once your surgeon places a spacer in between these new components, your hip joint has been effectively replaced with newer, stronger parts.
Whenever possible, the surgeons at Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group use a direct anterior approach, making only a 3- to 4-inch incision on the front of your hip to minimize collateral tissue damage.
After your hip replacement surgery, your surgeon wants you up and moving as soon as possible. Of course, you’ll take these first steps under the experienced guidance of a physical therapist.
During the weeks following your hip replacement surgery, you’ll continue with your physical therapy and rehabilitation, which helps strengthen the supporting tissues around your new hip. As you progress, you’ll gain increasing confidence in your new joint as your mobility is restored.
The long-term prognosis for hip replacement surgery is extremely good. While your doctor may discourage any high-impact activities that place extreme stress on your new joint, you should be able to become active again within a few months after your surgery.
If you’d like to explore how hip replacement surgery can restore your quality of life, call Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group or schedule an appointment online today.