The hip can be damaged by fracture, arthritis or other conditions, limiting the ability to walk or bend and causing pain and stiffness. Hip
replacement surgery can help dramatically reduce hip pain and
significantly improve stability and the ability to perform the everyday
activities of daily life.
Hip replacement is one of the most important surgical advances of the
last century, and one of the first hip replacements in the region was
performed at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in February 1969.
Improvements in techniques and technology have greatly improved total hip replacement surgery. The ball and socket are replaced with a man-made surface, such as metal or plastic, to provide a smooth and painless range of motion.
New techniques, such as hip replacement using a minimally invasive
superior approach to the joint, are available from Saint Thomas Health. Hip resurfacing may be suitable for some patients, and unlike
traditional total hip replacement, the entire ball (head) of the hip
is not replaced. Hip resurfacing may be a better choice for younger
patients because the procedure requires less bone removal, which can
make it easier to perform a total hip replacement if needed later.
To better understand surgical treatment options for the hip, call 615.284.BONE (2663).
Hip Replacement Exercises