This procedure is sought after by patients who have been experiencing chronic hip pain due to a variety of factors. For example:
Most patients experience osteoarthritis, which is a condition that comes about due to excessive use of the hip joint. Once the cartilage wears off, the patient will experience pain that may only be alleviated by a total hip replacement.
Under regional anesthesia, we make a large incision on the lateral aspect of the hip to expose the hip joint. Once we make our dissection and expose the joint, we take the femoral head out of the acetabulum, which is where the femur fits “snuggly” into the pelvis. We then replace degenerated femoral head with a prosthetic that fits according to the patient’s anatomy. We will then proceed to do the same with the acetabulum to complete the procedure.
OR time: 2:00 to 2:30 hours
Recovery time in hospital: 3 to 5 days
Recovery period after discharge: 3 to 6 weeks
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