For people with chronic hip pain or a serious hip injury, the best option is often surgery. For hip replacement, San Antonio patients trust Dr. Christopher Jimenez and his team at Joint Pain Orthopedics.
Hip replacement surgery replaces parts in the joints of your hips that have been damaged by old age or trauma. After recovery from a successful hip replacement surgery at Joint Pain Orthopedics, your ongoing pain is relieved, and mobility is restored.
Conditions that frequently lead to the warranting of hip replacement surgery include:
Dr. Jimenez is one of the foremost orthopedic surgeons in the country. His studies have included joint replacement training at the University of Texas and a joint replacement fellowship in California with Dr. Edward McPherson, a pioneer in the direct anterior approach to hip replacement that Dr. Jimenez still uses today.
Arthritis comes in different forms requiring specific adjustments in treatment options. The types of arthritis that can cause pain and discomfort in your hip joints include:
A degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is most common in middle-aged adults and senior citizens. Joint cartilage eventually wears down and causes a breakdown of the bone in your hips.
Rheumatoid arthritis causes the synovial lining of the hip joint to become inflamed, creating extra synovial fluid. This type of arthritis is extremely painful and causes severe stiffness.
Hip injuries and accidents can cause arthritis and damage to the cartilage in your hips.
There are many treatment options available for patients suffering from hip pain from a chronic condition or injury. It is only when other medical treatments are ineffective in controlling and managing your pain that hip replacement surgery is needed. Other medical treatments used for degenerative hip joint disease include:
The anterior approach hip replacement process does not involve actually cutting into the muscle, allowing for a cleaner procedure, and quicker, less painful recovery periods. There are also fewer risks of complications during the surgery.
The recovery period from hip replacement surgery depends primarily on how you define recovery. Hip anterior approach hip replacement patients can expect to be walking with the help of a physical therapist a couple of hours after surgery. Most patients are up and walking on their own the day of the procedure. Post-surgery rehabilitation can last from a few weeks to a few months after surgery, depending on the patient’s goals and drive.
Some hip replacement surgeries are performed at Joint Pain Orthopedics as outpatient procedures, meaning the patient does not even stay one night in the hospital. Most hip replacements require patients to stay 1-2 days in the hospital, to monitor their progress and pain management, and to begin mobility training with a therapist.
After successful hip replacement surgery by Dr. Jimenez and the impressive team at Joint Pain Orthopedics, you should refrain from driving and other activities for a bit, as recommended. Unless otherwise instructed, you may return to your normal diet after hip replacement surgery.
Keep the area where the surgery was performed dry and clean. Take only medications for soreness and pain that have been specifically prescribed or recommended by Dr. Jimenez’s office. Some pain medicines may increase the risks of postoperative bleeding.
The main goal after hip replacement is not to suffer a fall that will damage your new hip joint. Using a walker or cane to help you walk while your strength builds back up and you get your balance back can help ensure you stay on your feet during recovery.
Additional assistance can come in the form of:
The thought of hip replacement can be a scary notion for many patients. The compassionate and knowledgeable staff at Joint Pain Orthopedics can provide complete information on the procedures performed by Dr. Jimenez and his incredible staff of experienced professionals.
Contact the offices of Joint Pain Orthopedics today to have all your questions about surgery for hip replacement San Antonio patients trust.