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Hip replacement

Patients who experience chronic hip pain from wear, injury or arthritis or limited activity from a damaged ball and socket joint may need hip replacement surgery. During the procedure, an orthopedic surgeon removes damaged or diseased cartilage and bone from the hip and replaces it with prosthetic pieces.

Hip surgeons in Denver

Hip pain can stop you from living life to the fullest. A hip replacement can remedy that.

HealthONE's orthopedic surgeons offer minimally invasive methods that can reduce your pain, restore your mobility and increase your independence. Our services and treatments include preoperative surgery classes, surgery and rehabilitative care afterward.

Are your leg joints in pain?

Evaluating your hip and knee pain is the starting point for getting the care you need. Our assessment can help you understand your joints and what to talk about with your doctor.

Evaluating your hip and knee pain is the starting point for getting the care you need. Our assessment can help you understand your joints and what to talk about with your doctor.

Conditions treated by our hip surgeons

Your doctor may recommend a hip replacement if you experience any of the following conditions:

  • Arthritis of the hip
  • Aseptic necrosis of the hip
  • Dysplasia of the hip
  • Dislocated hip
  • Hip fracture
  • Hip labral tear
  • Hip pointer
  • Osteoporosis of the hip
  • Pelvic fracture
  • Snapping hip syndrome
  • Transient synovitis of the hip

Hip replacement surgery and services

Our surgeons provide a variety of options for hip replacement surgery.

Diagnosing hip conditions

Our hip replacement specialists will perform a comprehensive assessment to evaluate your joint. This includes a complete medical history and physical exam. They may also request imaging exams, such as:

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
  • X-rays

Candidates for hip replacement surgery

If you experience the following symptoms, ask your doctor if a hip surgery could be right for you:

  • Your hip pain keeps you up at night.
  • Your hip pain limits your mobility, such as causing difficulty getting up from a chair, climbing stairs or getting into a car.
  • You have persistent pain despite trying other treatments, such as medication or physical therapy.

Types of hip surgeries

Minimally invasive procedures, including robot-assisted hip surgeries, are our first choice whenever possible. Our hip replacement specialists perform anterior hip, partial hip and total hip replacement surgeries. Your surgeon will determine which procedure is right for you based on your age, bone quality, joint condition and overall general health.

Total hip replacement

During a total hip replacement surgery, surgeons replace the entire, diseased joint and cartilage. Your surgeon typically uses a posterior (from the rear) or lateral (from the side) approach to make an incision and replace the damaged joint.

Anterior hip replacement

During an anterior hip replacement, our hip surgeons are able to spare your muscle by gently working around it rather than going through it. Next, the surgeon removes and replaces the damaged ball and any damaged cartilage from the upper thighbone followed by attaching a new socket to your pelvis. This procedure is often performed as an outpatient procedure where you may be able to return home the same day.

Additionally, we offer portal-assisted total hip replacement surgery. In this method, pioneered by our surgeons at Swedish Medical Center, the incision is made in a higher location on the hip to reduce, scarring and recovery time.

Partial hip replacement

During a partial hip replacement, your orthopedic surgeon replaces only the damaged portion of your hip joint. Typically, hip specialists perform this procedure by replacing the damaged ball, and inserting a prosthesis into the bone. The procedure is performed to repair fractures in the thighbone.

What to expect after hip replacement surgery

After hip surgery, we provide physical therapy and rehabilitative care to help you regain strength and mobility. Our certified physical and occupational therapists will create a personalized regimen that gets you back on your feet as quickly and safely as possible.

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