Hip Replacement Surgery at Middlesex Hospital
Arthritis and other degenerative joint disorders are the most common health problems requiring hip replacement, and they become more severe as people grow older. People used to live with painful, deteriorating hips for many years, progressing from limping to walking with a cane, and from cane to a walker before they considered having surgery. But life expectancy and quality-of-life demands have increased, as have the life expectancy of the prostheses used in hip replacements. Today, many patients who choose to replace their hips prior to age 50 are still going strong 25 years later.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery involves the removal of the diseased head (ball) of your hip joint, and the placement of a metal stem into your thigh (femur) bone. A metal or ceramic ball is then placed on the stem, forming the first half of the new hip joint. The pelvis section is then reshaped and lined with a metal or ceramic cup, creating a new socket for the ball to sit in. The socket may also receive a plastic liner to keep the new joint moving smoothly. The ball is slipped into the socket to restore movement and create the new joint.
In the Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement, an orthopedic surgeon accesses the hip joint by entering through the front of the body and going between the hip muscles that help hold the hip joint in place. Smaller incisions are possible with this procedure versus traditional hip surgery.
The anterior approach to total hip replacement is becoming more popular because it is less invasive, hospital stays are shorter, and recovery and rehabilitation are quicker for patients. This less invasive surgery is especially appropriate for patients who are active and eager to return to work and their daily activities as quickly as possible.
The experienced orthopedic surgical team at Middlesex Hospital offers advanced technology, state-of-the-art prosthetics, and experienced caregivers who support you and your family, from pre-surgery to home care and rehabilitation.
Hip Replacement Surgery – if and when required – is performed with anesthesia and, thanks to significant medical advances, can now be completed through smaller incisions which speed recovery and reduce scarring and post-surgical complications. Choice of prosthesis and type of surgery is based on each patient’s requirements and the surgeon’s recommendation for best results.
The team at Middlesex Hospital’s Center for Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, including our Nurse Navigator, will meet with you to explain every aspect of what’s to come, help you prepare for pre- and post-surgical care, and then guide you during recovery. Following surgery you’re back on your feet quickly, and through personalized transitional care and comprehensive rehabilitation, you can return to a far more normal quality of life faster than ever before, with fewer chances of complications or follow-up procedures.