Hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine. Highly trained orthopedic surgeon David N. Feldman, MD, performs hip replacement surgery at Active Joints Orthopedics in Englewood, New Jersey. If you suffer from hip pain and restricted mobility, call or book an appointment online today to find out if hip replacement is right for you.
Hip replacement, or hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that involves removing damaged bone and cartilage from your hip joint and replacing it with artificial parts made from metal, ceramic, or medical-grade plastic.
Healthy hips are essential for many movements you use throughout the day, like walking and bending. Damage from injuries or chronic conditions like arthritis can cause hip pain and stiffness that make the most basic tasks seem impossible.
The goal of hip replacement is to relieve pain, increase mobility, and help you return to the everyday activities you enjoy.
Dr. Feldman may recommend a hip replacement if you suffer from a painful hip condition that doesn’t improve with conservative treatments, like physical therapy and medications. Hip replacement surgery provides relief from numerous hip problems, including:
The decision to undergo hip replacement surgery should be a cooperative agreement made by you, Dr. Feldman, your primary care physician, and any family members involved in home care.
First, Dr. Feldman performs a thorough orthopedic evaluation, including a physical exam and a review of your medical history, to make sure you’re a good candidate for hip replacement surgery. He may also take on-site digital X-rays of your hip.
Dr. Feldman and the team at Active Joints Orthopedics also helps you prepare for your recovery ahead of time. This may include making modifications at home, like installing secure handrails and a stable shower seat.
Before surgery, you receive general, spinal, or regional anesthesia depending on your particular needs. The procedure usually takes a few hours. During this time, Dr. Feldman removes damaged tissue from your hip and replaces it with an artificial joint. Then, he closes the incision with stitches or staples, which stay in for about two weeks.
After hip replacement surgery, it's very important that you follow the post-surgical rehabilitation program that Dr. Feldman and the team at Active Joints Orthopedics design for you. This may include physical therapy and occupational therapy to help you recover successfully and regain independent functioning.
To find out if hip replacement is right for you, call Active Joints Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.