Patient Care : Total Hip Replacement

Total Hip Replacement Surgery

If your hip pain is severe and significantly limits your movement, your physician may recommend that the diseased bone and tissue be replaced by an artificial joint called a prosthesis. The hip prosthesis consist of a ball component, made of metal or ceramic, and a socket, which has an insert or liner made of plastic, ceramic or metal. The implants used in hip replacement are biocompatible – meaning they are designed to be accepted by your body – and they’re made to resist corrosion, degradation and wear.

Hip replacement is typically used for people with hip joint damage from arthritis or an injury. Hip replacement can relieve pain and restore range of motion and function of your hip joint.

Your orthopaedic surgery at the University of Miami Hospital Total Joint program will discuss with you the type of knee replacement, the type of surgery, the potential risks, and the rehabilitation protocol with you before you make your decision.

Getting Ready for Total Hip Replacement Surgery

During the weeks before your surgery, many people will be asking about your insurance coverage, medical history, and legal arrangements. You may feel like you are answering the same questions over and over again, but this is necessary to meet the quality assurance and medical insurance guidelines. If you have everything written down, you can reduce your frustration and speed the process.

Less invasive surgical techniques are now the routine for total joint replacement surgery at the University of Miami Hospital. These approaches reduce tissue damage and allow patients to recover function and comfort more quickly. Not all patients are appropriate candidates for such approaches, however. The specialists at the University of Miami regularly handle the most complex joint conditions not handled elsewhere. At times other factors require more traditional approaches. A rapid recovery, along with a successful long-term result remain the most important goals.