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When is Hip Replacement Surgery Necessary?

Christopher Manseau M.D.

When is Hip Replacement  Surgery Necessary?Innovative Procedures from Orthopaedic Specialty Care

Because we have the most beautiful weather all year long, in our sunshine state, older individuals are golfing, playing tennis, pickleball, kayaking, swimming and the list goes on and on; but with all of this healthy activity, adults are more susceptible to injury and wear and tear.

The hip is one of the largest joints in the body.  Whether you have had trauma to your hip from an accident, or have pain due to advanced arthritis, degenerative joint disease, or soft tissue and ligaments disorders, hip pain can be debilitating.  If you have tried all of the pain medications, alternative methods, physical therapy and still are having difficulty with range-of-motion or impingements and discomfort, it may be time to speak to your orthopedic surgeon about hip replacement surgery, otherwise known as hip arthroplasty.

Hip Arthroplasty
During the standard hip replacement procedure, the surgeon will cut off the top of the femoral head (ball of the socket), and replace it with a full metal stem, ball, and a socket to replace the entire joint. Hip replacement surgery involves reshaping the hip joint and placing the metal stem (a few inches long) into the shaft of the femoral bone.  A metal shell is attached to the pelvis (hip bone).  Then  a plastic liner is inserted into the shell as a smooth bearing surface. Alternatively the liner can be mobile to increase hip mobility and stability. Then a ball either metal or ceramic is placed on the femoral component. No metal on metal is used due to poor long-term outcomes and high complication rates.

A partial replacement is usually limited to hip fractures.  Partial hip replacement consists of just replacing the ball of the socket. Over time, the new joint replacement will allow the hip to move more freely and to relieve the pain that the individual was accustomed to on a daily basis.

Enhanced Hip Arthroplasty
At Orthopaedic Specialty Care, Dr. Manseau has implemented an advanced technique, which is an innovative hip replacement procedure that is recommended for many of his patients that have more of an active lifestyle.   This progressive hip arthroplasty method is performed with an anterior approach utilizing a modified incision on the lateral hip instead of the typical groin incision.  This allows for a more minimally invasive procedure, while also allowing Dr. Manseau to repair tendons and the capsule of the hip (band of ligaments that provide stability).  Dr. Manseau’s method offers a better outcome for patients and allocates for more natural movement with less pain.

Hip Arthroplasty Recovery
After your surgery, your initial recovery time usually takes about six weeks, but full recovery can take a few months up to a year.   Many patients report feeling no pain, and also having an increased range-of-motion very soon after surgery.  Your surgeon will also provide you with an exercise and stretching program, along with physical therapy for an allotted period of time.

Christopher Manseau M.D.
Fellowship Trained
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Orthopedic Specialty Care
Orthopaedic Specialty Care (OSC) provides comprehensive surgical and nonsurgical solutions to the full range of orthopedic issues confronting all ages.

Dr. Christopher Manseau and his support staff develop and implement individual care programs combining advanced surgical techniques to ensure optimal success. Arthroscopic and other minimally- invasive techniques are also employed as appropriate.

Dr. Manseau has practiced in North Central Florida since 1997. He established OSC in 2006 to further his desire to provide the ultimate in personalized orthopedic care, with special emphasis on the individual needs of his patients. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery; a fellow in upper extremity reconstruction, and a recognized sports injury and total joint expert.

To schedule your consultation,please call (352) 624-0004.

352.624.0004  |  www.oscllc.net

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