Hip Replacement in Oklahoma City
At Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony in Oklahoma City, you will find a complete approach to treatment and wellness for patients undergoing total hip replacement surgery. Our programs to provide care and treatment are known throughout Oklahoma City and the state. Our team of surgeons, nurses and therapists work closely with you to help provide a successful stay and recovery from total hip replacement surgery.
Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony in Oklahoma City is committed solely to orthopedic surgery, making it Oklahoma’s choice for exceptional joint replacement surgery and orthopedic care for more than 80 years. The same quality programs for which it is known here in Oklahoma City have earned the hospital a reputation for excellence across the nation.
What is Hip Replacement Surgery?
The hip joint is composed of a layer of smooth cartilage on the ball of the femur (upper thigh bone) and another layer within the socket. The cartilage serves as a cushion and allows for smooth movement of the hip. Arthritis occurs when the cartilage is worn down to the bone. Bone rubbing against bone in the joint causes swelling, discomfort and stiffness. One of the reasons patients will need hip replacement surgery is due to degenerative joint disease.
During a total hip replacement surgery, the arthritic ball of the femur is removed along with damaged cartilage from the hip socket. The ball is replaced with a metal ball that is fixed solidly inside the femur. The socket is replaced with a plastic liner that is usually fixed inside a metal shell. This creates a smoothly moving joint with less pain.
For many of our patients in Oklahoma City, a hip replacement surgery feels completely natural. Good to excellent results are expected most of the time, with 90-95% of patients experiencing relief of discomfort and significantly increased activity and mobility.
Possible Risks with Hip Replacement Surgery?
Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony in Oklahoma City takes necessary precautions to prevent possible risks during surgery. The majority of hip replacement surgeries are free of complications. Two of the most common concerns are infections and blood clots. To avoid these complications, you will receive antibiotics and blood thinners. Every precaution is taken in the operating room to reduce your risk for infection. There is also risk of hip dislocation after surgery. Your therapists and nurses will teach you special precautions to help you avoid dislocation of the new hip joint.
Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement Surgery
During your hip replacement surgery, your surgeon may elect to perform the procedure using a technique, such as the anterior approach. The anterior approach allows the surgeon to reach the patient’s hip joint from the front as opposed to the side or back of the hip. With the anterior approach, the surgeon can replace the hip without detachment of muscle from the pelvis or femur during the surgery.
It is hoped that, but not yet proven, by using techniques such as the anterior approach patients may experience a quicker recovery and return to normal activities sooner. It is important to ask your surgeon about the different approaches used during hip replacement surgery, such as the anterior approach, and discuss the possible benefits and risks related to your particular case.
Hip arthroscopy is a procedure done through small incisions and using an arthroscope (camera) to look at the hip joint to diagnose and treat problems related to hip pain. Hip arthroscopy may be recommended by your surgeon if you have hip pain that is not helped through non-surgical techniques. Hip arthroscopy may relieve painful symptoms due to an injury, inflammation or other hip conditions.
During hip arthroscopy, the surgeon performs the procedure by using two to three small incisions to insert the surgical instruments into the hip, rather than a more invasive open surgery which would require a larger incision.
After Your Surgery
The Joint Replacement Center at Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony in Oklahoma City is dedicated to providing quality care to those patients undergoing hip replacement surgery. Most patients begin their physical therapy sessions the morning after surgery, and will be able to walk with the aid of a walker and sit in a chair. Our emphasis at The Joint Replacement Center is on group activities as well as individualized care to provide support during your recovery period.
Finding a Hip Replacement Surgeon in Oklahoma City
If you are looking for a hip replacement specialist in Oklahoma City, or a doctor to help you determine what to do about your hip pain, call our Physician Referral Line at 405-272-7900.
When you call, tell the representative you are looking for a hip replacement specialist or a doctor who treats hip pain, and you will receive a referral to a hip replacement surgeon in the Oklahoma City metro area based on your location and your insurance provider. Always remember to double check insurance coverage with the doctor you select.