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Hip Replacement Surgery


Hip replacement surgery is very common, especially in older adults. It is a surgical procedure in which the diseased or worn parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with new, artificial parts. The goals of hip replacement surgery include increasing mobility, improving the function of the hip joint, and relieving pain. There are several types of hip replacement surgery, but the traditional posterior approach currently is the most common, noting that the anterior approach is gaining in popularity in recent years.

At Dignity Health, our experienced orthopedic surgeons use hip surgery to repair a hip problem.

Anterior Approach

Anterior hip replacement is a technique that can be used to achieve the same results as the more traditional, or posterior, hip replacement procedure – to replace the worn ends of the bones in the hip joint. The difference with the anterior approach is how and where the surgeon surgically opens to reach the hip joint.

Anterior hip surgery uses the most minimal incision, located on the front of the hip. In this approach, the surgeon is able to move the muscles aside rather than cutting through them. This creates less damage and trauma to the soft issues around the hip, allowing a quicker recovery time. In addition, there is less restriction as well as a lower risk of dislocating the new prosthesis, since the muscles used to support the hip joint have not been surgically disturbed.

As with all surgical procedures, recovery time after surgery depends upon the person and varies widely depending on age, activity level, weight.

MAKOplasty® Hip

If you are one of the approximately 10 million Americans who suffers from osteoarthritis of the hip, MAKOplasty® hip replacement may be the best option to relieve your pain.

Am I a Candidate for MAKOplasty® Hip Replacement?

If you suffer from degenerative joint disease and your pain no longer responds to medication and other non-surgical treatments, MAKOplasty® hip replacement may be your next step. Your doctor may recommend this procedure if you experience:

  • Pain while putting weight on the affected hip
  • Limping to lessen the weight-bearing pressure on the affected hip
  • Pain that may radiate to the groin, lower back, or down the thigh to the knee
  • Hip pain or stiffness during walking or other impact activities
  • Failure to respond to non-surgical treatments or nomsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication

How is MAKOplasty® Hip Replacement Different from Traditional Surgery?

MAKOplasty® hip replacement uses the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System to help your surgeon operate with superior precision and control. The robotic arm provides a 3-D model of your hip joint. These images allow your surgeon to plan and install your new hip joint with much more accuracy than is possible with traditional hip replacement surgery.