Total joint replacement involves surgery to replace the ends of both bones in a damaged joint to create new joint surfaces. Total hip replacement surgery uses metal, ceramic, or plastic parts to replace the ball at the upper end of the thighbone (femur) and resurface the hip socket in the pelvic bone.
Doctors recommend joint replacement surgery when hip pain and loss of function become severe and when medicines and other treatments no longer relieve pain. Your doctor will use X-rays to look at the bones and cartilage in your hip to see whether they are damaged and to make sure that the pain isn't coming from somewhere else.
Your new hip will give you freedom to move in ways you haven’t for a long time. Getting the new hip to work well for you will involve more than just surgery. Our experience shows that two other factors will make a big difference. First, choose a friend or family member to provide encouragement and support as your coach throughout the process. Second, you and your coach should learn what to expect by attending our Freedom to Move pre-surgery joint class. It’s best to attend about four weeks before your surgery.
It takes a village to make sure you’re well cared for throughout the entire hip replacement process. Learn more about the team that’s committed to providing you a safe, successful, and positive experience.