When you’ve tried medication, modifications, and even walking supports, and it doesn’t reduce your hip pain, it may be time to consider a hip replacement surgery. Dr. Jeffrey Burns is a board-certified physician who specializes in joint replacements. At Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Dr. Burns combines traditional surgical approaches with innovative techniques, like the HanaⓇ surgical table for anterior hip replacements. If you’re thinking about hip surgery, see the best. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Burns online or call the office today.
Anyone who suffers from chronic hip pain and hasn’t found relief from other measures may benefit from hip replacement. Before considering surgery, Dr. Burns recommends a variety of ways to reduce hip pain, including physical therapy and over-the-counter pain relievers.
If these fail and your hip pain causes mobility issues or interferes with your daily functioning, he may recommend surgery. It’s a common procedure with more than 300,000 total hip replacements performed in the United States each year.
Hip replacement surgery is typically performed in a hospital under general anesthesia.
If you’re having a traditional hip replacement, Dr. Burns makes an incision on the side of your hip. He exposes the hip joint by moving the muscles attached to your thigh bone. He then cuts the ball of your hip joint from your thigh bone and replaces it with the artificial joint.
Dr. Burns then moves to the hip bone and removes any damaged cartilage. He attaches the new socket. He places the ball into the replacement socket, and reattaches the muscles. Dr. Burns places a drain for excess fluids and closes the incision.
In some cases, Dr. Burns may recommend an anterior hip replacement surgery using the Hana surgical table. This allows him to enter the body from the front of your hip, instead of the side. There’s less interference to your muscles through the anterior, and it may reduce your recovery time.
After a hip replacement, you spend up to four days in the hospital. You’re monitored for fluid buildup in your lungs and may be asked to cough or breathe into devices to fully expand your lungs.
You meet with a physical therapist who develops an exercise plan to help you learn how to move with your new hip. By the second day post-surgery, you can sit on the bed, stand, and walk with assistance.
Once you’re home, Dr. Burns requests that you continue physical therapy and daily exercises. Until you’re stable on your feet, he may recommend the use of an assisting device to ensure you don’t fall.
If you could benefit from a hip replacement, contact the renowned joint replacement specialist. Call the office to schedule your appointment or book it online now.