Hip replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces a worn out or injured hip joint with a metal, ceramic or plastic joint. A successful hip replacement surgery will have two primary benefits - relieving pain and improving the mobility of the damaged joint. Joint replacement surgery is typically not recommended until it is determined that the arthritic or injured joint is not responding adequately to medications, physical therapy or other treatments. Hip replacement can relieve joint pain, help the hip work better, and restore normal walking and daily activities.
Hip Replacement Diagnosis
X-rays can be used to help determine the level of degeneration to the hip joint and will reveal any bone defects or deformities. Our board certified physicians will assess the damage to the hip joint by performing a thorough exam, comprehensive tests and patient history. To get a more detailed view of the hip our physicians may schedule a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan (MRI) for you. This gives a clearer view of how the hip is being impacted by the damage.
Advanced Hip Replacement Surgical Treatments
Typically hip replacement surgery takes a few hours. The surgery can be performed using minimally invasive surgery techniques with small incisions. By using precise instruments, the incision(s) need only be big enough to have the damaged cartilage & bone removed and new implants inserted. Benefits of these minimally invasive hip replacement procedures include less pain after surgery, quicker recovery, and less time for rehabilitation.
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has an integrated program that puts the patient experience first - designed around patient needs from pre-surgery through rehabilitation.
Team of Orthopedic Experts
The decision to have hip replacement surgery is a cooperative one made by you and your surgeon. A review and evaluation will assist in determining whether hip replacement surgery is the best method to improve your mobility and relieve your hip pain. Salinas Valley Memorial's team of board certified physicians perform hundreds of procedures each year. They continually train to stay ahead of advancing surgical techniques and technologies.
As a joint replacement center patient, your surgeon will be dedicated to your case, and will follow you throughout your care here. Your physician, and the entire health care team, is committed to your health and speedy recovery.