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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:
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.
Not sure if you need to visit a doctor? Take our quick online assessment to see if your hip just needs a little TLC like stretching and light exercise, or if you should make an appointment.
You can also learn about regularly scheduled orthopedic consumer seminars in your area.
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.
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.