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Hip Replacement Surgery

PRIMARY TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT

A primary total hip replacement is a first time hip replacement surgery.

The goals of a hip replacement are to get rid of hip pain and help you be more active. A hip that is stiff and painful can be replaced with an artificial joint. This is called hip prosthesis.

WHAT CAUSES HIP JOINT PAIN?

With a healthy hip, smooth cartilage covering the ends of the thigh bone and pelvis allows the ball to glide easily inside the socket.

With a damaged hip, the worn cartilage no longer serves as a cushion. The surfaces of these bones become rough. This causes pain when they rub together. The cartilage may wear away, leaving nothing to help the bones move smoothly. Arthritis can cause inflammation and swelling around the joint. This causes pain and stiffness in the hip.

WHAT IS HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY?

Your damaged hip joint can be replaced with new, smooth-surfaced parts called implants. They are made of metal, ceramic, and plastic. Your surgeon will decide which of these are right for you.

The surgery takes about two hours – much less time than many other surgeries. The time you’ll spend in the hospital is also fairly short, about 1-2 days.

For more information about hip replacement surgery including possible complications and FAQs, please browse our patient information guide below.

Or, download the pdf guide here.

Learn how to correctly clean the skin before a hip replacement surgery by reading our patient information guide below.

Or, download the pdf guide here.

WHAT REHABILITATION IS OFFERED?

Rehabilitation for those undergoing either joint reconstruction or replacement begins immediately after surgery. The rehabilitation team helps patients progress through a range of rehabilitation exercises to enhance range of motion and strengthening around the joint. Programs are personalized for each patient based on their condition and type of surgery. In an outpatient setting, patients increase their ability to bear weight while walking, and strive to walk without an assistance device.

Denis Nam, MD

Dr. Nam is a Washington University orthopedic surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital who focuses his practice on joint replacement (hip and knee) surgery in adults.

 

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