shutterstock_556661068.jpeg (shutterstock_556661068.webp)For many patients, hip replacement surgery seems like an extreme step to take in order to find relief. While the team of highly-trained, board-certified hip specialists at Barrington Orthopedic tries to use non-invasive treatment techniques whenever possible, the truth is that for some patients, hip replacement is truly the best option for eliminating their pain and restoring their range of motion and function in the long term.

At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, we want our patients to feel confident moving forward with the best treatment option for their individual needs. If you’re on the fence about whether or not it’s time for you to consider a hip replacement, here are three reasons why you may want to learn toward “yes:”

What is Hip Replacement?

Hip replacement, also known as total hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the damaged parts of the hip joint are replaced with artificial components. Hip replacement surgeries are typically recommended for patients who have severe hip pain and stiffness that cannot be relieved through non-surgical methods.

The procedure involves removing the damaged cartilage and bone and replacing it with a prosthetic joint made of metal, plastic or ceramic materials. The new hip joint can reduce pain and increase the hip's range of motion

Total Hip Replacements vs. Partial Hip Replacements

There are two main types of hip implant surgeries: total hip replacements and partial hip replacements.

A total hip replacement involves replacing both the ball and socket joint, while a partial hip replacement only replaces either the ball (femoral head) or socket of the joint. 

The decision to perform a total or partial replacement will depend on factors such as the extent of damage in the joint and the patient's overall health.

Top 3 Benefits of Hip Replacement Surgery

1. You Can Find Permanent Pain Relief

One of the most attractive effects of a successful hip replacement for patients who’ve been struggling for some time is the strong potential for their pain to be completely eliminated following their procedure. 

The level of pain many patients reach before deciding to undergo a hip replacement can be extremely severe -- if this describes you, it’s likely that the relief you would feel following surgery would far outweigh the minimal risks associated with the procedure itself. 

2. You Can Restore Your Range of Motion

In addition to excruciating pain, patients who end up electing for hip replacement surgery often face an additional detriment to their quality of life: a loss of their range of motion, and in some cases, a compromised ability to walk at all. 

After a total hip replacement, it’s very likely that once you’ve completed the appropriate physical therapy as advised by your orthopedic surgeon, you’ll be able to return to some of your favorite activities that were previously restricted by your hip pain and loss of mobility.

3. All the Damaged Tissue Will Be Gone

The core purpose of a hip replacement is to remove any tissues -- including cartilage -- that have been worn down or damaged as a result of an injury or wear and tear over time that causes osteoarthritis. The hip joint will be replaced by a prosthetic ball and socket which will act just like a regular joint. Instead of building on scarred and damaged tissue, your hip will have something of a fresh start, allowing you to move freely without the burden of whatever caused your pain in the first place.

It’s vital to keep in mind that even with a total hip replacement, returning to full functionality will require hard work and dedication to the physical therapy and rehabilitation plan laid out by your orthopedic specialist. Our team is here to take every step with you as you work to return to the quality of life you deserve!

Ready for a Pain-Free Life?

AtBarrington Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Hasham Alvi and Dr. Paul Nourbash are board-certified orthopedic hip specialists who can help you determine your recovery goals and select the best option for you. We’re dedicated to performing the most minimally-invasive procedures possible, ensuring a recovery that is shorter, less painful, and less costly than the traditional methods of the past. 

To be scheduled with a physician at  Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, contact our office at (847) 285-4200 or schedule online here

For urgent needs when our physician’s offices are closed, visit our Immediate Orthopedic Care (IOC) in Schaumburg, Illinois

Frequently Asked Questions

What materials are used for hip implants?

Hip implants can be made from various materials such as metal, plastic, or ceramic. Your surgeon will determine which type of implant is best for you based on your individual needs and medical history.

How long do hip implants typically last?

Hip implants can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years, depending on the materials used and the individual's level of activity. It is important to have regular check-ups with your doctor to monitor the condition of your hip implant and address any potential issues early on.

What are some potential hip replacement surgery risks?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks involved with hip replacement surgery. These may include infection, blood clots, dislocation of the new joint, and nerve or blood vessel damage. However, these risks are relatively rare and can often be avoided by following your surgeon's post-operative instructions carefully.

Will my thigh bone be affected by hip replacement surgery?

Yes, during hip replacement surgery, the damaged parts of the thigh bone may be removed and replaced with a prosthetic implant. This is done to improve the overall function and stability of the new hip joint.