Hip Replacement Surgery Santa Rosa
Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates provides a full scope of orthopaedic services of the hip including:
Our group, of board certified experts, utilizes the most current and proven diagnostic techniques and treatment modalities to deliver the best care to our patients.
Hip Replacement Surgery
If the pain and stiffness of the hip joint are severe and other treatments have not brought sufficient relief, a hip replacement may be recommended. Our doctors will conduct a thorough examination that includes x-rays, strength and range-of-motion tests, your medical history and a series of questions to determine whether a total hip replacement is right for you.
Joint replacement surgery removes the damaged, painful parts of the hip and replaces them with a prosthesis made of metal and plastic. The artificial joint can relieve pain and improve mobility when your natural hip can no longer do its job. An artificial ball and metal stem replace the worn head of the thigh bone and a metal cup and artificial liner replace the worn socket of the pelvis. The prosthesis allows the hip joint to move smoothly, so patients can enjoy a greater range of pain-free movement.
Hip Fracture Treatment
A hip fracture is a break in the top of the femur (thighbone) where the bone angles toward the hip joint. If the break occurs within two inches of the joint, it is called a femoral neck fracture. If it occurs between two and four inches from the joint, it is known as an intertrochanteric fracture. (A break further down the bone is classified as a broken femur rather than a broken hip.) Femoral neck fractures can require more extensive surgery.
Hip fractures usually make it too painful for the person to stand. The leg may turn outward or shorten. They require hospitalization and surgical repair.
A person’s risk of suffering a hip fracture increases if he or she is over 65, female, or small-boned; has a family history of hip fractures; has osteoporosis or low calcium, which leads to bone weakness; smokes or uses alcohol excessively; is physically or mentally impaired; or takes medications that cause weakness or dizziness. Hip fractures are a common and serious problem for the elderly, for whom a simple fall in the home may be enough to break the bone.