What is Hip Replacement Surgery?
The hip is one of the largest joints in the body and is involved in almost all of our daily movements, including walking, running, bending, and sitting. As a result, conditions such as arthritis, avascular necrosis, osteoarthritis, and other degenerative diseases and injuries can significantly impact hip function and your quality of life. Hip replacement surgery (also known as hip arthroplasty) is used to address persistent pain in the hip that could not or cannot be effectively treated through lifestyle changes and other non-operative measures like rest, PT, or injections. During the procedure, the damaged section of cartilage and arthritic bone will be removed from the hip joint and replaced with a replica implant. Once healed, patients typically report significant pain reduction and a return to normal function. Call us today to see if hip replacement is right for you.
Hip Replacements at Atlantic Orthopaedics
If you’re experiencing hip pain, you aren’t alone. We are here to help patients with all of their hip conditions and injuries. We offer minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery as well as traditional approaches to total hip replacement. Whether you’ve experienced joint trauma, arthritis of the hip, or pain from daily wear and tear, our providers will work with you to find the treatment that works best for your lifestyle and needs.
Hip Replacements Offered
- Anterior Total Hip Replacement (traditional approach)
- Posterior Total Hip Replacement (traditional approach)
- Robotic-Assisted*Anterior Total Hip Replacement
- Robotic-Assisted* Posterior Total Hip Replacement
- Hip Replacement REVISION Surgery
All surgeries take place at either York Hospital or Portsmouth Regional Hospital, and starting in Spring 2021 we will offer select procedures at our new ambulatory surgical center located on-site at our offices in Portsmouth, NH.
*Robotic-Assisted Hip Surgery
At Atlantic Orthopaedics, we’re proud to utilize the latest advancements in orthopedic technology to appropriately address your hip pain. Our providers have been nationally recognized for their work within the robotics field, with our own Dr. Akhil Sastry credited as the first Master Surgeon of Robotic Surgery in New England. We are proud to offer robotic hip replacements utilizing a minimally invasive direct anterior approach. The anterior approach allows access to the joint without detaching any muscles around the hip; this technique minimizes any soft tissue trauma, allowing for faster recovery. Utilizing the latest in MAKO technology, we ensure you receive top-quality care with extreme precision.
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Conditions, Injuries Treated
- Osteoarthritis in the hip
- Sudden trauma or injury to the hip joint, such as a fracture
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Avascular necrosis
Hip Replacement Candidates
Candidates of hip replacement surgery tend to be patients who have been suffering from severe daily pain, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, or avascular necrosis that is affecting their quality of life and could not or will not be effectively treated through non-operative measures. There is no age minimum or maximum, but hip replacement surgery is most common in adults 50 years or older.
At Atlantic Orthopaedics, surgical screening is done on a case-by-case basis. Our doctors start with a full clinical evaluation of your hip pain, health history, family health history, and lifestyle. This information and information gathered from advanced imaging that is ordered – like x-ray, MRI, EMG, ultrasound, or CT Scans – is used to determine our recommended treatment course. In all cases, you can be assured our teams will work with you, your PCP, other healthcare professionals or health services, and your family or loves ones to clearly explain the benefits, risks, and expected recovery timelines related to any treatment.
Hip Replacement Consultations
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More Info | Hip Replacement Surgery
Learn what to expect in hip replacement surgery, why post-operative care is critical to protecting and extending the life of your hip replacement implant.
Prior to your surgery, it is crucial you meet with your orthopedic surgeon to receive a full evaluation. This evaluation may include diagnostic metrics such as X-ray, blood tests, or MRI to help best inform your care and avoid potential complications.
During surgery, you will be given the anesthesia that is most appropriate for you to prepare for the procedure. In the operating room, your surgeon will create an incision on the hip in order to access the damaged bone and joint. The size and location of the incision will depend on the approach used. Minimally invasive techniques, including a direct anterior or posterior approach, have been developed to minimize soft tissue damage and reduce overall recovery time. Once the bone is accessed, the surgeon will remove the damaged or diseased cartilage and bone and replace it with a replica implant.
After your surgery, you will be monitored by hospital support staff until the anesthesia wears off. Some patients are eligible to go home day-of surgery.
While surgery can feel incredibly daunting, our providers are here with you every step of the way. Talk to one of our expert physicians to help establish your treatment plan today. Call our offices at 603-431-1121 (Portsmouth, NH) or 207-363-3490 (York, ME).
Proper recovery is a critical component to your surgical success. Post-operative protocols will vary amongst patients, but typically include:
- Daily movement
- Wound care management
- Physical therapy
- Infection prevention
- Post-Op follow up with the surgeon
While recovery time will range depending on the surgical approach used, a minimally invasive direct anterior approach and minimally invasive posterior approach may reduce recovery timeline.
Is Hip Replacement Surgery Right for You?
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