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Hip Surgery & Total Hip Replacements: Diagnosis to 1-Year Follow-Up

The Best Candidates for Hip Surgery

When the noninvasive treatment options are no longer offering effective relief from your hip pain and mobility issues, hip surgery or a total hip replacement can be utilized to address a variety of hip-related conditions, ranging from degenerative joint diseases to traumatic injuries. This comprehensive overview from the orthopedic surgeons at OrthoEdge will help guide you through the journey from diagnosis to your 1-year follow-up appointment, covering the various key aspects of the surgical process and your recovery.

Getting an Accurate Diagnosis

The first step in hip surgery is an accurate diagnosis. Patients typically seek medical attention due to persistent hip pain, limited mobility, or other symptoms affecting their daily lives. Some of the common causes of hip pain and the various treatments can be found at this link on our website. Our orthopedic specialists will use a combination of physical examinations, imaging studies (X-rays, MRIs, CT scans), and sometimes blood tests to identify the underlying cause of your hip issues and the best treatment plan. When conservative measures for treating hip pain are exhausted, surgery may be warranted. The surgical treatment options include cartilage restoration, labrum repair, tendon repair and reconstruction, minimally invasive surgery, partial hip replacement, and/or total hip replacement.

Planning for Hip Surgery

Once a diagnosis is established, our orthopedic surgeons will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. This involves assessing the severity of your condition, your overall health, and lifestyle considerations. In some cases, our first steps will include conservative measures such as physical therapy or medications. However, when non-surgical approaches prove insufficient, surgical intervention may be a viable option for you.

The Various Hip Surgery Options

There are several surgical procedures that fall under the umbrella of orthopedic hip surgery, each tailored to address specific conditions. The most common procedures include hip arthroscopy, hip resurfacing, total hip replacement (total hip arthroplasty), and hip fracture repair.

Hip Arthroscopy

  • This option is commonly utilized for conditions such as labral tears or impingement.
  • It involves small incisions through which a high-tech camera and surgical tools are inserted to address the issue.

Hip Resurfacing

  • This option is suitable for younger, active patients with arthritis.
  • It preserves more of the natural bone than a total hip replacement.

Total Hip Replacement (Total Hip Arthroplasty)

  • This is a common option for advanced arthritis or severe hip damage.
  • It involves replacing the damaged joint with prosthetic components, including a metal ball and socket.

Hip Fracture Repair

  • This option is commonly used to treat traumatic fractures seen in our older patients.
  • During hip surgery, our orthopedic surgeons will stabilize the fractured bones in your hip with screws, plates, or nails.

Recovering from Hip Surgery

After hip surgery, you will undergo a carefully managed recovery period. For hip replacement surgery, we advise our patients to plan to be home for three to four weeks. Physical therapy is essential to regain the strength, flexibility, and function of your hip. Pain management, medications, and mobility aids may be utilized in the initial weeks. The rehabilitation process varies depending on the specific hip procedure performed and, of course, your overall health.

1-Year Hip Surgery Follow-Up

The 1-year follow-up marks a significant milestone in your post-orthopedic hip surgery journey. During this period, our orthopedic surgeons will assess the long-term success of the procedure that was performed and address any lingering concerns or complications you may be experiencing.

Complications & Adjustments

To ensure the best possible outcomes for your hip surgery, strictly follow any doctor recommended lifestyle changes, adjustments to your diet and/or activity levels. If there are any complications, such as an infection or an issue with the hip implant, it would be addressed immediately.

Learn more about recovering from hip replacement surgery, as well as the potential risks and complications on our website.

Contact OrthoEdge for Hip Surgery in Jacksonville, FL

Orthopedic hip surgery represents a transformative journey from diagnosis to the 1-year follow-up, offering patients relief from debilitating hip conditions. The collaboration between patients, orthopedic surgeons, and rehabilitation professionals is crucial for ensuring a successful outcome and a return to an active, pain-free life. As advancements in orthopedic technology and techniques continue, the future holds promise for further improving the efficacy and accessibility of hip surgeries.

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