Hip replacement in Denver
The Orthopedic & Spine Center at Rose performs hip replacement surgery to help provide relief for patients experiencing chronic hip pain. Our surgeons utilize the latest techniques in hip replacement surgery to provide the best outcomes for our patients. At Rose, we know how important your joints are, so we employ the best orthopedic specialists and surgeons for your joint care and joint replacement surgery.
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Hip replacement surgery
In a total hip replacement procedure, the orthopedic surgeon replaces an arthritic or injured joint with an artificial joint called a prosthesis. There are three basic parts to the artificial joint:
- The acetabulum cup is a metal shell with a plastic liner which is placed into your hip socket
- The femoral head (ball) snaps onto the stem and rotates just like a natural hip in the hip socket
- The femoral stem is a metal shaft that is inserted into your thigh bone
The cup and stem are either cemented in place or designed to have your own bone grow and adhere to the implant. The type of replacement joint and how it is inserted into your hip will be selected by your surgeon based on your age, bone density, medications and anatomy.Patient Guidebook for Posterior Approach
Anterior approach for hip replacement
When appropriate, our surgeons use an advanced technique called direct anterior approach for hip replacement. This technique involves a three-to four-inch incision on the front of the hip that allows the surgeon to spar muscle by gently working around it rather than cutting through it. It also reduces the risk of dislocation and has been shown to decrease pain and lead to a shorter recovery time. Your surgeon will discuss this option with you to determine if you are a good candidate for this technique.Patient Guidebook for Anterior Approach
Diagnosing hip problems
If you have been referred to one of our orthopedic surgeons due to chronic hip pain, our surgeon will take a complete medical history and perform a physical exam. Additionally, your surgeon may request the following imaging exams be performed:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computed tomography scan (CT or CAT scan)
Anatomy of the hip
Hip replacements are generally related to need, not age. The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint that is formed by two main parts:
- The round head of the femur (the ball)
- The acetabulum (the cup or socket in your pelvis)
The hip structure allows the leg to move forwards, backwards, sideways and in a rotating fashion.
In a normal, healthy hip these two bones are coated with smooth articular cartilage that allows them to move against each other without friction or pain. In an arthritic or damaged hip, the cartilage layers are destroyed and bone rubs against bone, causing pain and limiting motion. Hip joints damaged by injury or disease, such as arthritis, can be extremely painful, making everyday activities like walking or sitting down difficult.
Knowing what to expect when you’re facing surgery is very important for your recovery. That’s why the Rose Orthopedic & Spine Center team offers pre-op classes for our hip patients. Learn more about in-person classes, or watch our on-demand video.