Put your best foot forward
When you need a hip replacement, going down stairs or getting into a car can be hard. We can get you up and going again... even dancing and skiing, after hip surgery.
You don’t have to live with hip pain. Today, with the help of new surgical and engineering advances, you have more options to repair injured joints. Advanced technology means today’s hip replacements offer better range of motion and faster recovery. You can get rid of pain and still stay active.
Whatever your symptoms, whatever your age, if your lifestyle has been limited due to hip problems, you can get help from the orthopedic specialists at Aurora BayCare.
Total Hip Replacement
Hip replacement can relieve pain and restore function in hips damaged by injury or arthritis. Hip surgery involves removing damaged cartilage and bone and replacing it with an artificial joint.
We offer the latest in hip replacement technology, including microplasty hip stems and minimally invasive anterior hip replacements that help active individuals maintain full mobility.
Anterior Hip Replacements
An anterior hip replacement allows your surgeon to reach your hip joint from the front of the hip as opposed to the back. This means your gluteal muscles are not disturbed. You can expect quicker healing and less pain. And, you should be able to bend your hip freely and put your full weight on it immediately after surgery.
With an anterior hip replacement, your surgeon can reach the hip socket without cutting through any major muscle groups. Benefits include:
- Less pain after surgery
- Shorter hospital stays (sometimes home the same day)
- Faster healing
- Faster return to your active life
With anterior hip replacement, you have none of the typical restrictions that come with a hip replacement. You can bend over, reach down to the floor, and cross your legs – all things traditional hip surgery patients have to be careful about for a while.
Home Next or Same Day. With an anterior hip replacement, you can usually go home the next day, sometimes even the same day. Patients recover faster, discontinue use of a cane or walker sooner, and have a faster return to their normal gait.
Your orthopedic surgeon will work with you to determine whether you are a candidate for an anterior hip replacement based on your body structure, bone quality, age and x-ray findings.
Advanced Skill. Anterior hip replacements require advanced surgical skill and experience. A recent report in the New York Times suggests only about 20% of hip surgeons offer the procedure.
Posterior Hip Replacements
While most of the hip replacements we perform are anterior, we also offer posterior hip replacements. Sometimes posterior hip replacements are necessary if you've had prior surgery or if your leg needs to be lengthened.
Joint Camp. Our exclusive, pre-operative training class helps you and your caregivers prepare for surgery and rehab, improving your joint replacement outcomes. Joint camp is for patients undergoing a total hip or total knee replacement. In just a few short hours, you learn what to do before surgery, what's going to happen in the hospital and what to expect afterward. We provide you with assistive equipment and have you practice certain activities, like putting on socks, before you have your surgery. And, you’ll meet with hip and knee specialists from physical therapy. It’s a lot of information, but research shows that classes like this can improve your results. Patients who go through the class have better pain control and are more comfortable performing their physical therapy.