Hip replacement, also called hip arthroplasty, is surgery to remove a damaged hip joint and replace it with an artificial hip joint. With a new, artificial hip joint, you may be able to bend and move your hip without pain.
At Dignity Health, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons perform total hip replacement in Arizona to treat severe hip joint damage from injuries, arthritis, or infections. Use our online Find a Doctor tool to schedule an appointment.
Your doctor may recommend hip replacement if:
- Hip pain or stiffness limits your daily activities.
- You have hip pain even at rest.
- X-rays show severe joint damage with loss of cartilage and bone.
- Other treatments such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, joint injections, or less invasive surgeries haven’t worked.
In Arizona, Dignity Health offers orthopedic services to patients of all ages at:
If you are considering hip replacement, ask if you are a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery. You may have a faster recovery and less pain compared to open surgery.
What to Expect From Total Hip Replacement
Dignity Health offers orthopedic services based on leading-edge standards. Your orthopedic surgeon will make an incision in the hip to remove damaged cartilage and bone and replace it with plastic or metal surfaces. In most cases, the surgery is a total hip replacement. A partial hip replacement may be an option for leg fractures involving the femur head. The femur head is the ball at the top of the thigh bone.
Hip replacement is major surgery that requires general anesthesia. You’ll be in a deep type of sleep and won’t feel any pain.
You will likely spend several days in the hospital. Some people also need time in a rehabilitation center. Physical therapy will be part of your recovery at Dignity Health. You can expect to slowly regain hip function with less pain. It will probably take eight to 12 weeks before you’re feeling back to normal. Full recovery can take up to a year.
The surgical risks with hip replacement include bleeding, infection, blood clots, and reaction to anesthesia. The new joint could also dislocate or loosen with time.
How Life May Be Different After Total Hip Replacement
Most people return to activities they were no longer able to do before surgery. Most hip replacements still function well 15 years after surgery. You can help extend the life of your artificial hip by:
- Avoiding contact sports and high-impact activities
- Exercising regularly to strengthen and stabilize your hip
- Learning how to lift heavy weights properly without overloading your joint
- Maintaining a healthy weight
Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss specific limitations with you.
Dignity Health offers total hip replacement in Arizona.