Symptoms of Hip Osteoarthritis
The most common hip diagnosis that our doctors treat is osteoarthritis. Another common diagnosis is hip bursitis. Osteoarthritis (OA) occurs when the protective tissue at the end of a bone (cartilage) begins to wear down. This causes the bones to rub against one another and create significant pain in the joint. Osteoarthritis occurs primarily because of normal wear-and-tear as you age. However, weight gain, past injuries, genetics, overuse, and lifelong inactivity may increase the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis.
You may have hip OA if you:
- Notice swelling in your hip or groin after activity
- Feel stabbing or dull pain in the hip or around the groin, buttocks, and thigh, especially after long periods of rest
- Feel grinding or hear creaking or popping sounds upon moving your hips
Surgical Treatment: Total Hip Replacement
The advent of newer, less invasive surgical approaches has allowed our surgeons to perform hip replacement procedures with considerably less pain and debilitation. Because we use modern anesthesia techniques and a multi-model approach to pain control, total hip replacements can now be performed safely as an outpatient procedure. Since we embrace top quality, we provide the same successful surgery with less negative impact and a more rapid recovery.
Traditional Total Hip Replacement
During a hip replacement, the surgeon removes the damaged parts of the bone, both in the femur and pelvis, and replaces them with a ball-and-socket implant. In the traditional approach to hip replacement, the surgeon enters through the side or back of the hip and cuts through the muscles to get to the hip bones.
With modern techniques and implants, the traditional approach can be performed as an outpatient procedure.
Anterior Total Hip Replacement
The anterior approach is a newer and less invasive approach to hip replacement. The surgeon enters the hip through the front instead of the side or back. This approach causes less pain and a faster recovery because it:
- Spares muscles: Accesses the hip by passing around or between muscle groups, instead of splitting muscles or releasing muscle attachments
- Lowers dislocation risk: Decreases dislocation risks compared to other hip replacement approaches
- Allows surgeons to use x-ray during surgery: Helps surgeons have a more accurate assessment of matching leg lengths and optimizing implant positionDrs. Lackey and Carter perform the anterior approach.
Corticosteroid injections offer temporary relief for joint pain. The cortisol steroid hormone reduces inflammation in your hips and can relieve pain typically for 3-6 months.
Physical therapy exercises can help strengthen the muscles around your hip, which in some cases will ease the pain of mild osteoarthritis and bursitis. If you require physical therapy, your doctor will refer you to a therapy location convenient for you.
Changes in diet, exercise, and sleep habits can help ease the pain of arthritis. Our clinical teams may recommend you shift to a healthier diet, low-impact exercises, and more regular sleep schedule.
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Prepare for Surgery
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