If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. Your hip may be stiff, and it may be hard to put on your shoes and socks. You may even feel uncomfortable while resting. If medications, activity modification, and/or the use of walking supports do not adequately alleviate your symptoms, you may consider outpatient total hip replacement surgery. Total hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can relieve your pain, increase motion, and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities. The most common cause of chronic hip pain and disability is arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most common forms of this disease.
Total Hip Replacement Procedure
An outpatient total hip replacement has provided a proven method of treatment for several decades. The Smith and Nephew Echelon Primary Hip System incorporates the design concepts learned throughout this period to offer a femoral implant system that addresses the clinical needs of both surgeons and patients alike. By offering dual offset implants in 1 mm increments and simple yet precise instrumentation, the Echelon Primary Hip system offers the surgeon unprecedented intraoperative flexibility. For the patient, Echelon Primary stems are designed with the goal of providing long-term, pain-free restoration of joint function and normal hip biomechanics.
In a total hip replacement (also called total hip arthroplasty), the damaged bone and cartilage are removed and replaced with prosthetic components.
- The damaged femoral head is removed and replaced with a metal stem that is placed into the hollow center of the femur. The femoral stem may be either cemented or “press fit” into the bone.
- A metal or ceramic ball is placed on the upper part of the stem. This ball replaces the damaged femoral head that was removed.
- The damaged cartilage surface of the socket (acetabulum) is removed and replaced with a metal socket. Screws are sometimes used to help hold the socket in place.
- A plastic or ceramic liner/spacer is inserted between the new ball and the socket to allow for a smooth gliding surface.
Outpatient Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Dr. Randy Delcore has found that candidates who are generally healthy, well-informed, and motivated do extremely well with outpatient total joint procedures. We’ve developed great relationships with home health services, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapy, and lab services to assist in taking care of our patients postoperatively. Dr. Delcore is proud to be part of the evolving trend toward transitioning healthy orthopaedic patients from the “sick environment” of a hospital inpatient stay to one of self-motivated “healthy mobility” within their own home. His experience, through 20 years of practice, has given him great insight into which patients fit the criteria for outpatient total hip replacement and what those expected outcomes could be. Progressive anesthesia techniques including preoperative pain management, minimization of narcotics intraoperatively, intraoperative pericapsular local anesthetic blocks placed by the surgeon and the use of non-narcotic medications postoperatively truly leads to happy patients without pain or nausea and ready to discharge within a few hours. It is amazing to see our patients up and moving shortly after their surgery and then to hear their success stories as we follow them through the recovery/healing process. Everyone in our center takes great pride in knowing that we are performing outstanding surgical procedures with seamless transition to after-care. This high-caliber care has resulted in great outcomes and lower complications at a value that is, and always will be, unmatched by hospitals.
So if you need an outpatient total hip replacement surgery from one of the best surgery centers anywhere, don’t hesitate to give us a call.