Are you limping or hobbling around? Then you need to see the orthopedist to discuss hip surgery. He can treat your hip problem and address any other orthopedic conditions you may have with grace and finesse. What sets us apart is his unique perspective and understanding of his patients' needs. He carefully guides you through the recovery process to help you back to full activity and enjoyment. In addition, he views surgery as the last resort, not the first.
He prefers to explore the least invasive ways to resolve your problems and help you get active again. Sometimes called "wear-and-tear" arthritis, osteoarthritis is a common condition that many people develop after their fifties. In 2011, more than 28 million people in the United States were estimated to have osteoarthritis. It can occur in any joint in the body, but most often develops in weight-bearing joints, such as the hip. Osteoarthritis of the hip causes pain and stiffness. It can make it hard to do everyday activities like bending over to tie a shoe, rising from a chair, or taking a short walk. Because osteoarthritis gradually worsens over time, the sooner you start treatment, the more likely it is that you can lessen its impact on your life. Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are many treatment options to help you manage pain and stay active. If hip surgery is recommended for your pain, we will perform the procedure using arthroscopic techniques, getting you back to your active lifestyle much faster.
Based upon the condition of your hip joint, you and your doctor have several options from which to choose for hip surgery. An osteotomy is a procedure where either the head of the thighbone or the socket is cut and realigned to take pressure off of the hip joint. This procedure is used only rarely to treat osteoarthritis of the hip. In hip resurfacing, the damaged bone and cartilage in the acetabulum (hip socket) is removed and replaced with a metal shell. The head of the femur, however, is not removed, but instead capped with a smooth metal covering. For total hip replacement, your doctor will remove both the damaged acetabulum and femoral head, and then position new metal, plastic or ceramic joint surfaces to restore the function of your hip. To discuss both non-surgical and surgical options, call for an appointment today.
By Vipul Dua MD
May 24, 2021
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