When persistent hip pain limits your ability to walk and interferes with daily life, it may be time to talk about getting a total hip replacement. Dr. Steven D. Eggleston always begins hip pain treatment with conservative therapies, but they become ineffective as your hip deteriorates. That’s when you can depend on Dr. Eggleston’s extensive experience performing many successful total hip replacements. If you struggle with hip pain and stiffness, call Eggleston Orthopedics in Lake Jackson, Texas, or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.
Two health conditions account for most total hip replacements:
About 79% of hip replacements are performed on patients with osteoarthritis. Weight-bearing joints like the hip are susceptible to this degenerative disease. Osteoarthritis develops over years of wear-and-tear that damages the cartilage found on the ends of bones in the hip joint.
As the cartilage breaks down, bone rubs against bone every time you move. This leads to pain, stiffness, inflammation, and progressively worsening degeneration.
Although avascular necrosis is the second most common reason patients undergo hip replacement, it only accounts for 3% of all procedures. Avascular necrosis occurs when the blood supply to your hip bone goes down, often due to blocked blood vessels or trauma. Without enough blood, bone tissue dies and cracks develop in the bone.
Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The rounded top of your leg bone (the ball) fits into the socket in your pelvic bone. The area where the two bones meet is protected by cartilage that lets them glide smoothly as you move your leg.
When you undergo a total hip replacement, Dr. Eggleston removes all of the damaged bone and cartilage, resurfaces and reshapes the bones, then replaces the ball, socket, and cartilage with prosthetics.
The top of your leg receives a prosthesis made of metal and shaped like a ball with a stem attached. Dr. Eggleston inserts the stem into the center of your thigh bone, then replaces the socket with a cup-shaped prosthesis.
The ball and socket may be cemented in place, or they may have a rough texture that allows bone to grow and fuse with the prosthesis. Dr. Eggleston replaces the cartilage with plastic, ceramic, or metal spacers, then secures the ball into the artificial socket.
During traditional open surgery, Dr. Eggleston makes one long incision to access the hip joint. A total hip replacement may also be performed using a minimally invasive technique using two shorter incisions.
Minimally invasive surgery causes less postoperative pain and shortens your recovery time. However, minimally invasive surgery isn’t an option for all patients. Dr. Eggleston will talk with you about your options and which procedure is the best for your overall health and recovery.
If you have questions about total hip replacement surgery or would like to schedule an appointment, call Eggleston Orthopedics or book an appointment online.