Hip replacement is a team sport. In order to achieve the best results, we need everyone to get involved. That means the patient and our own medical team here at Shasta Orthopaedics, of course, but also the patient’s family members and friends. One of my concerns for patients going home after hip replacement surgery is that they have the support of a family or friend who will be available 24/7 during the first few days after surgery. If you are planning to serve as the caretak
Before undergoing any surgery, it’s important that patients are prepared for what the recovery process will look like. Total hip replacement is a major surgery, and it requires dedication to the recovery process in order to see optimal results. Although the majority of patients undergoing hip replacement will return home from the hospital two days after their surgeries, depending on the surgeon’s preferences and protocols, the complete recovery process can last 12 weeks or mo
One of the most frequent questions I’m asked by patients in the course of a clinic day is what hip implants are made of. It makes sense that people would want to ask this question before having hip replacement surgery. After all, the chances are the hip implant we put in during surgery will stay with the patient for the rest of his or her life. While the answer to this question is relatively straightforward—hip implants are made from titanium, polyethylene, and one of three m
The number of years that an artificial hip is expected to last varies depending on a number of factors, including the material being used and the amount of stress being placed on the new hip. Joint replacement surgeons began using newer plastic materials in the year 2000, so right now we only have around 16 years worth of data to look at. What we are seeing is that newer hip replacements have a very long lifespan and most patients can expect that their artificial hips are not
Osteoarthritis is a very common cause of hip pain and discomfort. There seems to be a lot of confusion about proper treatment of arthritis in the hip joint. I receive many questions from patients at my clinics about this topic. Let’s go into further detail about osteoarthritis and whether or not total hip replacement surgery is necessary. The most common questions about osteoarthritis that I receive are: 1. Why did I develop osteoarthritis? 2. How do you treat osteoarthritis?
Before any patient undergoes hip replacement surgery, I always recommend exploring every non-operative solution we have at our disposal. A few of the most popular alternatives to joint replacement surgery include pain medication (over-the-counter and prescription), physical therapy (PT), dieting or weight loss, injections, and the use of a walking aid, such as a cane or walker. Non-prescription pain medications are the perfect place to start for people dealing with hip arthri
Thank you for visiting ReddingHipReplacement.com and checking out my blog. This past weekend, I was lucky enough to attend a course on new advances in the direct anterior approach for hip replacements in Southern California.
The direct anterior approach has its roots in the 1920s, but only recently gained more widespread use in surgeries such as hip replacement. Good research is being conducted and has demonstrated time and again that the direct anterior approach used for h