Hip Replacement

Basic activities such as walking, running, and bending without pain requires that your hips operate correctly. While anyone can experience discomfort when overdoing physical activity, a normal hip should recover after rest, and perhaps an over-the-counter pain reliever. If your hip has been damaged by injury, a fracture, arthritis, or other conditions and it does not respond to less invasive treatments, you may need to consider a Total Hip Replacement.

When you consider hip or other joint replacement, you should look for a surgeon who is a leader in the field. Dr. Raj Sinha, who has practiced in the Coachella Valley since 2003, has been involved with the development of many techniques used in modern Hip Replacement Surgery.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Hip Replacement Surgery?

While Hip Replacement Surgery was first performed in 1960, the procedure has become so popular that more than 300,000 people select it each year, according to the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. It has proved a lifesaver for many people whose hip joint has been ravaged by various types of arthritis, fractures and a variety of degenerative issues.

Good candidates for Hip Surgery:

  • Experience pain and lack of mobility that disrupts one’s daily routine
  • Have a stiffness in the hip that makes moving and lifting the leg difficult
  • Continue to have pain even when resting or sleeping
  • Suffer with inflammation even after resting or taking anti-inflammatories
  • Have hip dysfunction from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or posttraumatic arthritis, from childhood disease, or from a vascular necrosis after a dislocation or fracture
  • Exhibit no relief from other treatments

Patients of any age can undergo Hip Replacement Surgery. Although the usual population falls between ages 50 and 80. In the past, hip replacements were designed for individuals with a less active lifestyle, so it was expected that less stress would be put upon the new joint. But new surgical techniques have made the procedure resistant to more stress and strain than in the past. Now, orthopedic surgeons are more likely to encourage surgery before joints have become extremely deteriorated since recovery is easier and the outcome is better. A person’s fitness for hip replacement depends on their overall health and how active they are.

The Anatomy Of Hip Replacement Surgery

As one of the largest joints in the body, the hip supports the leg and, along with the knee joint, facilitates walking.

  • The hip is a ball and socket joint, where the ball is the head of the thighbone, or femur
  • The head of the femur (the ball) fits within a socket formed by the largest pelvic bone, the acetabulum
  • Surrounding the hip joint is a veil of thin tissue called the synovial membrane, which produces fluid that lubricates cartilage and removes most friction during the movement of the hip
  • Ligaments, bands of tissue encapsulating the hip connect the socket and make the joint stable

The hip can fail to function properly after the onset of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis, or from vascular necrosis after a dislocation or fracture.

Understanding Hip Replacement Surgery

When a surgeon, like Dr. Sinha, recommends a Total Hip Replacement, he is recommending a process that removes damaged cartilage and bone from the hip and replaces it with a prosthetic component. The operation involves:

  • Removing the damaged femoral head and cementing or press-fitting a metal stem into the hollow center of the femur
  • Affixing a metal or ceramic wall on the upper part of the pelvis to replace the defective acetabulum, or socket
  • Removing damaged cartilage within the pelvic socket
  • Positioning spacers made of plastic, ceramic or metal between the ball and socket to serve as artificial cartilage to make the parts glide together

As pioneers in the field of Hip Replacement Surgery, Dr. Sinha and others also experiment with minimally invasive methods that work with many patients. This procedure uses a smaller incision and is more likely to be performed on younger patients. The recovery time can also be quicker.

Prior to the surgery, your physician will consider your medical history and the results of your physical examination, x-rays, and other tests to determine the best approach to Hip Replacement Surgery.

Schedule Your Hip Replacement Procedure With Dr. Sinha

Dr. Raj Sinha offers a very results-oriented approach. He and his associates have successfully performed hundreds of hip replacement surgeries for their patients. They will talk with you and evaluate the facts before scheduling your surgery, undertake the procedure, and then oversee your recovery and rehabilitation. For more information or to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Sinha today, call (760) 915-1515 for our Rancho Mirage office or (760) 915-1515 for our La Quinta office.

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