Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement surgery is the procedure of choice for patients with debilitating arthritis of the hip. If your pain is persistent, you may want to discuss total hip replacement with your doctor. The primary goals of our hip surgery specialists are to treat your pain, restore motion and return you to your active lifestyle in a safe and comfortable fashion.
Total hip replacement is a common operation with a very high success rate. Current prostheses are made of a combination of metals, plastic or ceramics. Our surgeons are specifically trained in the use of state-of-the-art instruments and surgical techniques that optimize your prospect for a durable, long-lasting hip. Large femoral ball diameters, minimally invasive approaches and ceramic and metal bearings are just a few of the technologies in which our surgeons maintain their expertise. It is our mission to customize your surgery by selecting the components that best fit your level of activity and lifestyle goals.
Posterior Hip Replacement
In posterior hip replacement, known as “traditional” hip replacement, the surgeon makes a 6- to 10-inch incision on the back of your hip. The surgeon then removes the damaged cartilage in your hip socket and replaces the ball at the top of the thighbone (femur) and the hip socket with a prosthesis. This approach gives your surgeon full access to your hip and preserves the hip abductor muscles, minimizing the risk of dysfunction post-operatively. You may have some restrictions in bending your hip after this approach
Lateral Hip Replacement
In lateral hip replacement, the surgeon makes an incision in the side of your hip. The surgeon then removes the damaged cartilage in your hip socket and replaces the ball at the top of the thighbone (femur) and the hip socket with a prosthesis. This approach usually allows for a smaller incision than in traditional hip replacement.
Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
Hip replacements are now routinely accomplished through smaller incisions. The use of less invasive surgical techniques means less pain, shorter recovery times and a faster return to activity. For some patients, outpatient surgery may even be an option.
Anterior Hip Replacement
One of the minimally invasive techniques is the anterior approach for hip replacement. In the anterior approach, your surgeon will access your hip through a small incision in the front of your hip, avoiding cutting major muscles. There are fewer muscles at the front of your hip, so it is possible to access your hip by simply moving the muscles aside. The doctor then removes the damaged cartilage in your hip socket and replaces the ball at the top of the thighbone (femur) and the hip socket with a prosthesis. There are no restrictions in bending your hip after this approach.
Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare is recognized on the West Coast as an Anterior Hip Replacement Learning Center. Surgeons have traveled from all over the country to learn this revolutionary technique from our surgical team.