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.