When advanced arthritis makes hip pain and difficulty moving a constant part of your life, it’s time to consider getting a hip replacement. The board-certified doctors at Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute specialize in hip replacements. They combine their surgical skills with high-quality prosthetics to produce long-lasting results. To learn more about hip replacements, call the office in Stockbridge or Griffin, Georgia, to book a consultation, or you can request one using the online booking tool at any time.
Once advanced osteoarthritis has severely damaged your hip joint, the Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute team recommends a hip replacement.
Osteoarthritis develops over the years as repetitive movement damages the cartilage covering the bones inside your hip joint. Since osteoarthritis is a progressive and incurable disease, the cartilage keeps breaking down.
Cartilage loss allows the bones to rub together, causing pain and inflammation. Advanced osteoarthritis also damages the underlying bone.
It’s time to consider a hip replacement when you suffer severe pain and stiffness despite treatment. A hip replacement is often required when your hip hurts, even when you’re resting, or your symptoms keep you away from daily activities.
Your hip replacement surgery proceeds in several steps: First, your Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute provider removes the rounded ball at the top of your leg bone.
They place a prosthetic stem into the center of the bone and then attach a prosthetic ball to the stem. In most cases, these new pieces are made of metal.
For the second step, your provider cleans away all the damaged tissue in the hip and restructures the bone. They then place a cup-shaped metal shell in the hip and cover it with a plastic liner. This component recreates the original hip socket.
The final step is placing the ball into the socket and ensuring that your leg moves normally with the new hip joint. Finally, they close the incision.
The team gives you detailed self-care instructions to follow during your recovery, including how to care for the surgical wound and the importance of following a diet that gives your body the nutrients it needs to heal.
Managing pain is important, not only for your comfort but also because it allows you to move. Moving is essential to preventing blood clots, boosting the healing process, and regaining the use of your hip.
You follow a specific exercise routine during the first few weeks. A physical therapist can work with you at home until you can travel to the office for more intensive rehab. Most people return to normal but light activities 3-6 weeks after their hip replacement.
If you struggle with hip arthritis and would like to learn more about hip replacement, call Regenerative Orthopaedics and Spine Institute today or book an appointment online.