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Total Hip Replacement

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

After many years of experience in performing total hip replacement, Wisconsin River Orthopaedics believes it's the most effective way to reduce and very often eliminate hip pain and restore full function to your hip joint. At the practice in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, the board-certified orthopaedic surgeons perform expert total hip replacement surgery using an anterior or posterior approach. Find out how hip replacement surgery could change your life for the better by calling or booking an appointment online today.

Total Hip Replacement Q & A

What is total hip replacement?

Total hip replacement involves removing a damaged hip joint and substituting it with an artificial hip.

Your hip consists of two large bones: the top of your thigh bone (the femoral head) and the socket in your pelvis into which the femoral head fits (the acetabulum). 

When they perform a total hip replacement, the team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics removes these parts and fits metal or plastic components.

Joint replacement surgery is common in the United States, and as the population ages, the number of people receiving joint replacement is likely to rise. Hip replacement surgery is second only to knee replacement in terms of the number of surgeries carried out each year.

Why might I need total hip replacement?

You might need to undergo total hip replacement at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics if you have severe hip pain that limits your mobility. For the majority of patients, non-surgical treatments like physical therapy, medication, and steroid injections successfully reduce or relieve hip pain.

However, some people find that these treatments are ineffective or lose their potency over time. Sometimes an acute trauma such as an auto accident that irreparably shatters the joint might require a total hip replacement.

The most common reason patients undergo total hip replacement surgery is having arthritis — specifically osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can affect multiple joints but is often particularly bad in the hips and knees.

Osteoarthritis is due to the erosion of protective cartilage on the ends of your bones that causes one bone to rub against another. The friction this creates causes pain and limits motion, symptoms that worsen over time and can be disabling.

How is total hip replacement surgery performed?

At Wisconsin River Orthopaedics, the team performs anterior total hip replacement or posterior total hip replacement. Anterior means accessing the joint through the front of your body, while a posterior approach accesses your hip from behind.

Your surgeon removes the femoral head and inserts an artificial spike into the bone that holds the new ball in place. They hollow out the acetabulum and insert the prosthetic socket using bone cement or, in many cases, press-fitting the new socket into place.

Following your surgery, you need to work with the Wisconsin River Orthopaedics physical therapy team to regain the highest level of function.

To get help with your hip pain and determine whether total hip replacement is a good option for you, call Wisconsin River Orthopaedics or book an appointment online today.