Accredited Hip Replacement Program in Wichita, Kansas
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Hip replacements are generally related to need, not age. The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint that is formed by two main parts: the round head of the femur (the ball) and the acetabulum (the socket in your pelvis). This structure allows the leg to move forwards, backwards and sideways in a rotating fashion.
In a normal hip joint, these two bones are coated with smooth cartilage that allows them to move against each other without friction or pain.
Hip joints damaged by injury or disease (such as arthritis) can be extremely painful, making everyday activities, like walking or sitting down, difficult. This is because the cartilage is worn down, causing the bones to rub against each other.
To diagnose a hip problem, your surgeon will take a complete medical history and perform a physical examination. Along with these evaluations, diagnostic imaging procedures will be performed.
Total hip replacement surgery
In a total hip replacement (hip arthroplasty), the surgeon replaces an arthritic or injured joint with an artificial joint, called a prosthesis. There are three basic parts to the artificial joint:
- The acetabulum cup is a metal shell with a plastic liner which is placed into your hip socket.
- The femoral head (ball) snaps onto the stem and rotates just like a natural hip in the hip socket.
- The femoral stem is a metal shaft that is inserted into your thigh bone.
Our orthopedic surgeons use a robotic-assisted surgical platform to provide a patient-specific, 3D model to pre-plan the prosthetic implant. The cup and stem are either cemented in place or designed to have your own bone grow and adhere to the implant.
Your surgeon will determine the type of replacement joint and how it is inserted into your hip based on your age, bone density, medication and anatomy.
Anterior approach hip replacement
When appropriate, our surgeons use an advanced technique, called direct anterior approach for hip replacement. This technique involves a three-to-four-inch incision on the front of the hip that allows the surgeon to spare muscle by working around it instead of cutting through it.
This approach reduces the risk of dislocation, decreases post-surgical pain and offers a shorter recovery time. Your surgeon will discuss this minimally invasive option with you to determine if you are a good candidate for this technique.