Hip Replacement Surgery
Explore Your Options with Great River Orthopaedic Specialists
Our hips are the ball-and-socket joints that connect our legs to our pelvis.
They allow for a wide range of motion and are critical for everyday motions
like walking, getting up out of bed, and even sitting down. Like other
joints, protective cartilage makes hip movement possible and—when
that cartilage is diminished by arthritis—it may be time to explore
surgical options. Call our dedicated team of professionals at Great River
Orthopaedic Specialists to book an appointment today.
How Hip Replacement Surgery Works
In hip replacement surgery, surgeons replace a patient's acetabulum
(the socket) and the end of a femur (the ball) with durable metal and
plastic components. When securely installed, these implants recreate the
hip joint, restoring for smooth, painless mobility for the patient.
Like with other joint surgeries, patients must exercise caution and vigilance
while recovering. Overextending or taxing the new joint can cause complications
or prevent the patient from making the fullest recovery possible.
Some instructions for hip replacement patients include:
- Use only sturdy, straight-back chairs (and avoid recliners).
- Minimize stair climbing. More than once or twice a day can cause damage.
- Use an elevated toilet seat. Crouching too low can cause undue strain.
- Eliminate clutter and trip hazards at home. This can mean restraining pets, as well.
These are just a few of the many instructions a patient might receive from
our knowledgeable surgeons following their procedure. At Great River Orthopaedic
Specialists, we always strive to make sure that we partner with our patients
throughout every stage of their medical issue. That means ensuring that
all their options are considered in their initial assessments and that
their physical therapy and recovery receive the support and resources
they need to be effective.