Lose the hip pain with a hip replacement surgery.

artificial hip pinehurst NCHip pain can grow slowly over months, and sometimes years. You try to live with it, but the pain continues to grow, it becomes unbearable, and you struggle to do the activities you once loved. This doesn’t mean you need to accept the pain. Orthopaedic surgeon Dr. John R. Moore and his staff offer relief from the hip pain with total hip replacement surgery at their surgical center in Pinehurst, NC. This surgery can help you live an active life without constant pain. If you are interested in a hip replacement to reduce your joint pain or improve its function, call our office in Pinehurst, NC at (910) 295-0224.

WHAT IS A HIP REPLACEMENT?

A hip replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces the abnormal or worn surfaces of the hip joint. The surgery is typically performed to reduce hip pain from arthritis or to repair a fractured hip. In this procedure, Dr. Moore will create an artificial hip joint using a plastic-in-metal socket made of high-density polyethylene.

Conditions that lead to Hip Replacement Surgery:

Osteoarthritis of the Hip

hip replacement surgery pinehurst ncOsteoarthritis is a degenerative type of arthritis that most often occurs in patients 50 years and older.  When the cartilage of the hip begins to wear away gradually, this is Osteoarthritis of the hip joint.  As the cartilage wears away by becoming rough, this decreases the joint space between the bones of the hip joint. As this occurs, X-Rays will reveal bone on bone in the joint of the hip with joint space narrowing. Osteoarthritis typically develops at a slow pace with pain increasing over time.

Avascular Necrosis

Avascular Necrosis is a condition that occurs when bone loses blood supply. Blood is required as our bones are living tissues, when the supply of blood is interrupted, the bone begins to die. If the blood loss is not stopped or treated, the bone will collapse.

Post-Traumatic Arthritis

Avascular Necrosis is a condition that occurs when bone loses blood supply. Blood is required as our bones are living tissues, when the supply of blood is interrupted, the bone begins to die. If the blood loss is not stopped or treated, the bone will collapse.

Hip Fractures

hip fracture treatment pinehurst NCA common cause for a total hip replacement is in the case of a fracture of the hip. Many hip fractures are managed by pin or screw fixation. However, some severe circumstances require a hip replacement because the bone itself will not heal.

When do I need a Hip Replacement?

The decision to have a hip replacement is often one based on the patient’s complaints and pain tolerance. In the early stages of hip disease, the pain and loss of function may be improved by conservative treatment. This option can include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents and intra-articular injections of steroids.

At some point, however, if the arthritic process increases in severity, patients will have increasing pain and decreasing function. At this stage, it is time to consider a total hip replacement seriously. The decision to perform the surgery is usually based entirely on the patient’s complaints.

What should I expect with the procedure?

A hip replacement replaces the abnormal or worn surfaces of the hip joint. The specifics of the procedure depend on what type of hip replacement you need.

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Total Hip Replacement

A total hip replacement begins with your surgeon removing the head of the femur and replacing it with a metallic head. Next, they will remove the acetabulum and replaced it with a plastic-in-metal socket made of high-density polyethylene. A new capsule or lining forms around the joint to maintain the ball inside the socket. Dr. Moore will typically use a newer type of fixation which involves the patient’s bone growing into the roughened or porous surface of the hip implants. He believes that this kind of fixation is superior in most patients, providing a better long term longevity. 

Revision Hip Replacement

Another cause for needing total hip replacement are those of a failed previous hip replacement surgery.  The most common is a previous hip replacement that has now failed either through loosening of the components from the bone or wear of the polyethylene liner. In this procedure, Dr. Moore replaces failed components from the original replacement with more modern implants.

How successful is the procedure?

Hip replacement surgeries are very successful regarding its primary goal, pain relief. Approximately 90% of patients have complete pain relief. Most patients do not require the need for assistive devices to walk, though some patients do choose to use a single prong cane for safety and balance.

How active Can I be after the surgery?

Most patients improve their activity level significantly after surgery. Patients are encouraged to walk, hike, ride a bike or exercycle, swim and even play golf. Unfortunately, we do not support sports that cause significant impact and twisting such as running, singles tennis or downhill skiing.

For more information about Knee Replacement Surgery with Dr. Moore, contact our Pinehurst, NC office, call us at (910) 295-0224, or check out our orthopaedic surgery blog.

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