Hip Replacement

The sway of healthy hips is a miracle to behold – and may even be a measure of how much we are enjoying our lives. Think that’s an exaggeration? Go ahead, just try to dance without moving your hips. We rely on our hips to bring stability and balance to practically everything we do, whether it’s walking, running, or doing the mambo and cha-cha. However, arthritis and trauma from sports injuries, car crashes, and falls make it impossible to do the simple yet crucial things that give our lives meaning and zest.

Often, by the time orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charles Toulson sees patients with significant hip or knee pain, diagnostic imaging has already identified either advanced arthritis or significant damage at the joint. This is what causes the pain and stiffness in your joint, which in turn limits your range of motion.

Are You a Good Candidate for a Hip Replacement?

If you’re wondering whether it’s time for a hip replacement, there are certain telltale signs to look out for, including:

  • Pain and difficulty:
    • Walking
    • Putting on socks and shoes
    • Getting into or out of a car, chair, or bed
    • Getting dressed
    • Climbing stairs
    • Lifting your leg
  • Hip pain that occurs during the day or night, when active, or during rest
  • Hip pain that worsens with walking
  • Pain felt at the hip, groin, buttocks, or outer thigh area
  • Sleep frequently interrupted due to hip pain
  • PT, cortisone shots, or other medications no longer alleviate your pain

Because everyone’s usual activity levels differ, the best way to know if hip pain is disrupting your life is to pay attention to what’s normal for you. If you’re usually able to go for a nightly run but pain is preventing you from doing that now, it may be time to consider hip replacement. If you normally perform weekend shopping and errands without a hitch, but now have to stop after just an hour, it may be time to explore your options for long-term relief.

What Happens During a Hip Replacement Surgery?

Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint in which the “ball” at the top of your thighbone (femur) slides smoothly within the “socket” of your pelvic bone, which is lined with cartilage to allow frictionless, multidirectional movement. Arthritis and injury can wear away the cartilage, leading to bone-on-bone scraping, causing pain and inflammation in the area.

During a hip replacement surgery, diseased or damaged bone and cartilage are removed, leaving just healthy bone and tissue in its place. The damaged portions of your hip joint are then replaced with surgical-grade artificial components, such as a ceramic ball (on a stem that is designed to fit into your thighbone) and plastic liner. Cement or surgical screws are used to hold the prosthetic parts in place.

Hip replacements are fairly common in the U.S. – and nothing to be worried about. It is one of the most successful surgeries performed. It can safely and effectively relieve your pain, increase your mobility, and return to you to the activities you enjoy.

When Dr. Toulson incorporates robotic assistance into your procedure, it can dramatically speed up your healing and improve the natural feel of the prosthetic after surgery.

Don’t continue to suffer with severe or chronic hip pain. Discover how a hip replacement surgery can restore smooth, pain-free movement in your legs. Call the office of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charles Toulson in northern Texas at (469) 796-4295 or request your appointment now.