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Frequently Asked Questions about Hip Replacements

May 15, 2019

 

Hip joint pain can refer to many parts of the hip: anterior hip pain (inside of the hip), lateral hip pain (side of hip), and posterior hip pain (outside of the hip)

 

Common causes of hip joint pain include:  

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Inflammatory arthritis

  • Fracture

  • Bursitis

  • Hip Flexor Strain

  • Osteonecrosis of the Hip

  • Labrum Tear

  • Femoracetabular Impingement (FAI) (bony growth around the hip joint causing damage to the joint)

  • Infected Hip Joint

  • Bone Cancer

  • Snapping Hip Syndrome (Muscles, tendons, or soft tissue moving over a bony structure within your hip) 

  • Muscle Strain

  • Piriformis Syndrome (sciatic nerve becomes irritated causing hip pain)

 

Common Conditions that lead to hip replacement surgery:

  • Arthritis

  • Hip Fracture / Trauma

  • Bone Tumors

 

When should I consider a hip replacement? 

  • When conservative treatment methods have failed (Physical therapy, injections (cortisone, PRP, etc), activity modification, and anti-inflammatory medications)

  • Your hip joint is damaged or deformed

  • Inability to do your daily activities and/or things you want to do

  • Severe arthritis 

            

How common is a total hip replacement?

  • An estimated 300,000 people have hip replacement surgeries every year in the United States. It is one of the most successful surgeries in the U.S. and an estimated 2.5 million currently live in the U.S. with a hip replacement. 

 

What techniques does SOS use?

  • The techniques used by Dr. Matthew Seidel & Dr. Judd Cummings are less invasive total hip replacement techniques where there is no surgical dislocation of the hip, sparing the tissue and aiming to get patients back on their feet as rapidly as possible. It is designed to reconstruct the hip without cutting, stretching or traumatizing muscles and tendons important to the function of the hip.

  • Methods used: Anterior Hip Replacement & SUPERPATH Hip Replacement.

 

What are the benefits?

  • Faster & easier recovery

  • Reduced post-op pain

  • No damage to major muscles 

  • Less painful than traditional hip replacement

  • More natural feeling hip

  • Reduced dislocation risk

  • Shorter hospital stay

  • Ability to perform as an outpatient surgery

            

Why should I do Prehab before my surgery?

  • Doctors Seidel & Cummings recommend doing Prehab before your hip replacement to help maintain range of motion in the hip joint. It increases your strength going into surgery which improves your post-surgical outcome as well as familiarizes you with post-op therapy protocols and procedures. To read more about Prehab Click here.

 

How soon am I back on my feet?

  • Patients begin therapy the day of surgery, with a walker. Most can also expect a full recovery within 4 to 6 weeks. 

 

How long will I be in the hospital?

  • The majority of patients will have an inpatient hip replacement done with the hospital stay being typically 1 to 2 day(s). Select patients can have a hip replacement done as an outpatient surgery. 

 

Why Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery?

  • At SOS our doctors are expertly trained orthopedic surgeons who have performed hundreds of hip replacement surgeries. Choosing a physician who has gone through specialty training in their approach is important to ensure you are in the best hands possible for your surgery. As with any surgery you want to make sure you are comfortable with your surgeon and they are knowledgeable. Doctors Matthew Seidel & Judd Cummings are recognized as experts who train other surgeons on their tissue sparing techniques.

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