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If you are sidelined by hip pain and all your pain treatment options no
longer work, it is time to consider hip replacement surgery. During a
hip replacement, your orthopedic surgeon removes a painful hip joint and
replaces it with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic
Typically, hip problems are a result of arthritis. Over time, cartilage
that cushions the bones can wear away, cause pain and discomfort, and
make simple pleasures like walking and shopping unbearable. The procedure
should relieve a painful hip joint, making walking and other active activities easier.
Hip replacement surgery can be performed traditionally or by using what
is considered a minimally invasive technique. The main difference between
the two procedures is the size of the incision. Alvarado’s Advanced
Joint Institute is San Diego’s premier hip replacement destination.
This achievement is recognized statewide, as Alvarado is the
only hospital in California to be named among
America's 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery four years in a row (2014-2017) by
Who is a candidate for total hip replacement?
Hip replacement surgery may be considered for individuals suffering from
arthritic hip pain that severely limits daily activities. It is only recommended
after careful examination and diagnosis of your particular joint problem,
and only after more conservative measures, such as exercise, physical
therapy and medications have proven ineffective.
What kind of hip implant is best?
There are many kinds and designs of hip implants available today, and no
one design or type is best for every patient. Surgeons select the implant
they believe is best for their patients’ needs based on a number
of factors, including age, activity level, the implant’s track record,
and his or her comfort with the instruments associated with the particular
implant. If you have questions regarding implants, your surgeon will be
happy to answer them for you.
How long will I be at Alvarado Hospital?
With improvements in surgical techniques and post-op care, it is now common
for many patients to go home from the hospital after two or three days.
Of course, each patient is different, but the goal should be for you to
recover in the comfort and privacy of your own home as soon as possible.
What are the risks?
Even though hip replacement surgery is considered a successful procedure,
it is major surgery, and as with any surgery, there are risks. Your surgeon
and healthcare team will take great care to minimize the risk complications.
Keep in mind that complications are rare, but they need to be understood
by you and your family. Your surgeon will be happy to answer any questions.
For more information,
How successful is hip replacement?
Total hip replacement is recognized as one of the most successful procedures
in all of medicine. In the United States, over 285,000 people have their
hips replaced each year, according to the
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
How long is the recovery period?
Recovery can vary from person to person, but most people will need to use
an ambulation aid such as a walker for four weeks or so. Most people will
be able to go straight home from the hospital, though some patients—particularly
those who live alone—may need to spend a few days at a rehab center
or nursing home. Keep in mind that healing and recovery times can vary.
How painful is this procedure?
You will experience some discomfort after surgery, but be assured we will
do everything we can to keep you as comfortable as possible. Pain after
hip replacement surgery varies from person to person and is not entirely
predictable. Modern medications and improved anesthetic techniques greatly
enhance our ability to control pain and discomfort after surgery.
Will I need a blood transfusion?
Your surgical team will do everything possible to minimize bleeding, but
some blood loss after joint replacement is unavoidable. Whether or not
a blood transfusion is required will depend on highly individualized factors,
including your condition prior to surgery, cardiac history, age, etc.
About the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute
Our goal is to provide each patient with exceptional care from education
prior to surgery, through surgery and recovery, to follow-up care to ensure
an optimal outcome. Our program is based on the renowned Marshall Steele
program—which is nationally recognized for superior outcomes. In
fact, we are the only Marshall Steele joint replacement program in San Diego.
What makes our program distinctive is that we provide extensive pre- and
post-operative education, provide a unique in-hospital experience from
the specially trained surgeon and nurses, to the hospital attire and coach
program, to extensive follow-up care and reunions. To provide a healing
environment, we have designed our patient unit to reflect San Diego’s
beautiful landscapes and landmarks to enhance recovery.
All of these unique components have resulted in San Diego’s premier
joint program. If you want to combine a healing environment with the latest
advances in total joint replacement, look no further than the brand-new
Advanced Spine & Joint Institute at Alvarado Hospital.
Alvarado is the
only California hospital to be ranked among
America's 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery four years in a row by
Healthgrades. For a complete list of orthopedic, clinical excellence and patient safety
For More Information and Physician Referral
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(800-258-2723) or during business hours, contact our nurse navigator at
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