Total hip replacement, also called hip arthroplasty, is surgery to remove your damaged hip joint, and is quite common among older adults. The damaged joint is replaced with an artificial joint made of high-grade plastics, metal alloys, and other materials. Once the procedure is complete, you can experience pain relief, as well as increased function and mobility.
Your doctor may recommend total hip replacement if you have exhausted more conservative treatment options or have hip joint damage from arthritis, injury, or infection.
Common conditions remedied by hip replacement include:
- A cane or walker to help you walk
- X-rays that show severe joint damage and loss of cartilage and bone
- Hip pain at rest, which prevents you from sleeping
- Hip pain or stiffness that limits normal activities like walking, bathing, or preparing meals
- Hip pain that hasn’t improved with anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, joint injections, or less invasive surgeries
Whether your hip pain is caused by arthritis or injury, our expert team of orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health can help you get back to living pain-free through total hip replacement in the Sacramento region. Talk to your primary care doctor about a referral to see a specialist affiliated with Dignity Health or Find a Doctor online to make an appointment and explore your options.
What to Expect from Your Total Hip Replacement
There are several types of hip replacement surgery, but the traditional posterior approach is the most common, noting that the anterior approach has gained in popularity in recent years. The difference in these approaches is the location where the incision is made. Traditional hip surgery is a “posterior” approach, which cuts through the buttock muscles to reach the hip joint. The anterior hip technique requires an incision on the front of the hip. Your surgeon will provide the recommended approach based on your specific circumstances and customized treatment plan.
Regardless of the approach, total hip replacement surgery requires general anesthesia. You will be put into a deep sleep and will eliminate any feeling of pain while the surgeon works. After the procedure, it is typical to spend one to three days in the hospital. Upon discharge, our care team provides next steps for rehabilitation, physical therapy, and the transition back to home during healing.
Total Hip Replacement Recovery in the Sacramento Region
After a total hip replacement, most people are able to perform daily tasks that they couldn’t do before surgery. The majority of hip replacement implants continue to work well even 15 years after surgery.
Dignity Health provides comprehensive orthopedic services, including total hip replacement surgery, in Sacramento, CA and surrounding areas.
Take the Next Step
If you think orthopedic surgery may be the solution for your pain, call Dignity Health in Sacramento at (916) 851-2511 to request a consultation today or request an appointment online.