Hip Replacement Specialists of Austin
Arthritis getting in the way of daily life? Are nonsurgical treatments no longer effective for you? It may be time to consider a hip replacement.
about hip replacements
Statistics & Overview.
Hip replacements are one of the most common orthopedic surgical procedures today. In fact, there are over 450,000 hip replacements performed in the United States annually. Though arthritis damage is the most common reason to opt for a hip replacement, there are many reasons why they are performed. If your hip pain is severe and interferes with your daily life, come see us!
What is a Total Hip Replacement?
In total hip replacement surgery, the damaged cartilage and bones of your hip joint are removed and replaced with a prosthesis. Your hip socket is replaced with a titanium shell and a plastic liner. A titanium stem is inserted into your femur with a ball (metal or ceramic) on the end that is placed into the new socket.
How We Do It
Dr. Goldberg uses the anterior approach to perform his total hip replacement surgeries. This allows him to reach the hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the lateral (side) or posterior (back) approach, without detaching or cutting through muscles around the hip.
The anterior approach often results in less pain and a faster recovery for patients than other approaches.
What Happens After Surgery?
Almost immediately after your surgery you will be mobilized on your new hip by a therapist or nurse.
Once you are mobile, you go up and down stairs to ensure safety before discharge. Once discharged, you will be asked to use a walker for two weeks, for protection. After that, a cane is used as needed by the patient. Physical therapy is rarely needed after a hip replacement.
In most cases, surgery relieves the pain of osteoarthritis and makes it possible to perform daily activities more easily.