Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Total Hip Replacement

Aching, painful, hip joints can make everyday life feel a little bit debilitating. If you suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or traumatic arthritis, you are at a higher risk of having to get a total hip replacement done. As the cartilage breaks down in your hips, it can cause grinding against your hip bones, which can contribute to constant pain, stiffness, and discomfort. So, how can you find relief from these incessant symptoms? With a total hip replacement?

What Is a Total Hip Replacement?

Typically, a hip replacement will require you to have a hospital stay. During this surgery, we will remove the damaged hip joints and then replace them with a prosthesis. The dental prosthesis is made from metal or ceramic and is then attached to the femur. The most common types of hip prostheses are uncemented and cement.

  • Uncemented Prosthesis: This type of hip prosthesis attached to a porous surface, and then the bone grows into it over time.
  • Cemented Prosthesis: This sort of prosthesis is surgically cemented into the bone so that it is permanently affixed.

What Is Recovery Like?

Recovery from a total hip replacement can be lengthy and time-consuming. As soon as you are out of surgery and are awake, we will have you start working with a physical therapist. Typically, we encourage patients to stay in a rehabilitation facility so that your physical therapist can work with you to loosen your joints and help you learn to walk and move again. In addition to doing exercises with your therapist, we also encourage patients to do a lot of exercises at home every day to prevent their joints from getting stiff.

Getting a total hip replacement can be life changing and can help you live more comfortably. If you think that you would benefit from this type of surgery or if you want to learn about your other options, contact our Santa Rosa office and call us at (707) 544-3400.

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