Hip surgery is a type of orthopedic procedure used to repair damage to your hip joint — where the femur (thigh bone) and pelvis (hip bone) meet. In addition to bone, the hip also includes soft tissues, such as cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Common hip surgeries include hip resurfacing, replacement, and fracture repair.
If you’re dealing with pain or restricted movement, the orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health Southern California can help get you moving again. From the latest minimally invasive and arthroscopic hip procedures to traditional open surgeries, we offer high-quality diagnostic, surgical, and rehabilitation care. Your care team is staffed by board-certified surgeons, doctors, therapists, and nurses dedicated to your wellness.
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Reasons Hip Surgery is Performed
Your doctor may recommend hip surgery to treat disability or chronic pain due to:
- Dysplasia, when the hip joint wears out because it doesn’t develop normally
- Inflammatory forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis
- Hip injuries, including overuse injuries, dislocations, fractures, and torn cartilage
- Osteoarthritis, the breakdown of bone and cartilage
- Traumatic arthritis, which is similar to osteoarthritis and develops after a severe fracture, sprain, or strain
- Loose bodies, including cartilage pieces and bone fragments
- Unexplained hip symptoms, including catching and snapping, locking, instability, stiffness, swelling, and pain
- Osteonecrosis, or bone death
What to Expect During Your Hip Surgery Procedure
Your hip surgery will take place in a Dignity Health Southern California hospital. You will likely have general anesthesia. Hip surgeries can be traditional open procedures or minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures, depending on the reason for the surgery.
Possible risks and complications of hip surgery depend on the specific procedure. However, all surgeries include the risk of infections, blood clots, bleeding, and reactions to anesthesia.
Hip Surgery Recovery at Dignity Health Southern California
You will need to spend a few days in our hospital after hip surgery, although you may be able to go home sooner if you have arthroscopic hip surgery. Some people need to spend time in a rehabilitation center as well before the can return home safely. Physical therapy will help you regain hip flexibility, function, and strength. Dignity Health offers a variety of options for hip surgery in Southern California.