Total Hip Arthroplasty
Those afflicted with arthritis of the hip joint, osteonecrosis (avascular necrosis), or a severe fracture, have the surgical option of replacing the affected hip with a prosthetic implant. When a hip is worn out, both the ball and the socket are involved (also called the femoral head and the acetabulum). To fix the hip, you need a new ball and a new socket, which is called a full or a total hip replacement. The technical term for a joint replacement is an arthroplasty, so a total hip arthroplasty also refers to the same procedure. By doing this using minimally invasive techniques and instruments, it is possible to preserve muscles and tendons around the hip joint, which can help to accelerate recovery time after surgery.
Minimally invasive hip replacement has become one of the more common orthopedic procedures. Unlike traditional hip replacement techniques that require an incision of approximately 8 to 12 inches in length, there are smaller, 3- to 4-inch incision alternatives that preserve muscles and tendons around the hip joint to optimize surgical results.
Surgical approaches for hip replacement surgery that use these special muscle-sparing techniques include a minimally invasive posterior approach, minimally invasive direct anterior approach, and minimally invasive anterolateral approach. Each of these approaches for hip replacement surgery has unique risks and benefits that can be tailored to individual patient needs and anatomy.
Using these specialized techniques and accelerated recovery pathways, hip replacement surgery is now routinely done with just an overnight hospital stay, or as an outpatient procedure with the ability to safely return home with your new hip on the same day as the operative procedure.
Dr. Brett J. Gilbert is a skilled, board-certified, and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip replacement, and recommends a minimally invasive, muscle-sparing approach whenever it is applicable to a patient’s specific needs.
If you are experiencing hip pain due to arthritis or injury, let Dr. Gilbert assess your condition and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatment and recovery. Call our office today at (919) 788-8797 to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.