Hip arthritis typically occurs in adults aged 45 and older, when the cartilage that cushions the joint breaks down and eventually wears away. Characterized by pain and stiffness, severe cases can be profoundly debilitating.
If conservative treatments for hip joint pain fail to bring relief; if pain is impacting normal daily functioning and the ability to get a good night’s sleep, total hip replacement surgery (arthroplasty) may be recommended.
The surgery is most often performed under regional anesthesia. The surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone, then positions new metal, plastic or ceramic joint surfaces to reconstruct the joint.
An artificial joint is comprised of two basic components: the ball (made of a highly polished strong metal or ceramic material) and the socket (a durable cup of plastic or ceramic). Special surgical cement is frequently used to secure the artificial joint in place.
Sometimes in younger, more active patients, a non-cemented type of prosthesis is used. This prosthesis is designed so that the bone will grow into and integrates with the porous surface of the implant. In some cases, a combination of a cemented ball and a non-cemented socket is used.
No matter what your age, life is full motion! Whether you’re a stay at home parent, athlete or work outdoors or in an office, from the time you get up in the morning- you are a body in motion.
ONS fellowship-trained experts in joint replacement have been restoring mobility to patients for over 25 years. Our physicians were the innovators in the field and today they lead the way with newer and better techniques like muscle sparing surgeries, computer-assisted knee replacement and reverse shoulder replacement for patients who’ve been told they’re not a candidate for shoulder replacement.
Joint replacement surgeries are performed at the Greenwich Hospital Center for Joint Replacement, where patients receive individualized attention beginning with preparation for surgery and continuing all the way through their recovery. Greenwich Hospital is Certified by the Joint Commission as one of the best programs in the country, a recognition earned for their commitment to excellence and emphasis on patient communication and involvement, with personal guidance provided by specially trained staff.
Don’t let chronic joint pain keep you from enjoying the best moments in life. If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the hip, knee, shoulder, talk to one of our experts in Shoulder, Hip or Knee Replacement.
To learn more, we invite you to schedule a consultation with a joint replacement specialist at ONS in Greenwich. Read more about our physicians by clicking on links to their bios below.