Arthroscopic hip surgery
When you need surgery to treat ligament tears, tendon damage or other joint injuries in your hip, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend a minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure. During this procedure, your surgeon will make a few tiny incisions in the skin around your hip. He will then slip a pencil-thin surgical instrument through the incisions to perform your surgery.
An arthroscope (miniature video camera) transmits high-quality images of your joint onto a television screen that your surgical team monitors throughout your surgery. This helps ensure you get timely, appropriate care.
Because your surgical incisions are very small, you’ll likely notice less pain and scarring after your arthroscopic hip surgery. You’ll also likely return home the day of surgery, and recovery takes anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on your overall health.
Total hip replacement surgery
Total hip replacement can be an extremely successful surgical procedure. Total hip replacement, also called arthroplasty, involves removing the damaged bone and cartilage and resurfacing it with orthopedic implants. The goal of this surgery is to relieve pain that cannot be controlled by other treatments.
During total hip replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will make a small incision – about 1.5 to 2 inches – in the skin over your hip joint. He will then remove the damaged parts of your hip, and replace them with the synthetic implants. The implants are made of a stem that goes into the femur, the ball that fits into the stem, and a cup that is inserted into the socket of the hip joint. Finally, your surgeon will close your incision and apply a sterile bandage or dressing.
Anterior hip replacement surgery
This technique allows your orthopedic surgeon to approach from the anterior (front) of the hip where the hip joint can be exposed under direct vision.
The procedure is designed to reduce trauma to the tissue surrounding the hip joint. While recovery varies from patient to patient, this approach may result in:
- Accelerated recovery time
- Fewer restrictions during recovery, including the bending of the hip and weight bearing
- Reduced scarring
- Faster implant stability
- Reduced chance of dislocation
- Less postoperative pain
- Faster return to daily activities