Total Hip Replacement Information

You Don’t Need to Live with Hip Pain

Your hip joint not only bears the majority of your weight — it must do so while allowing for the wide range of motion that’s required as you walk, sit, bend, stand and twist. It’s one of the most important joints in your body, so it’s not surprising that it tends to be subjected to heavy wear and tear, particularly as we age.

The good news is that medical technology and treatments are constantly evolving. So if you’re currently suffering from hip pain brought on by arthritis, injury, or wear and tear from aging, you should know that the physicians on the medical staff at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery offer both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for hip pain. The scope of treatments offered by physicians on the medical staff include physical therapy, medication-based treatments, injections, and surgical intervention, including total hip replacement. The physicians on the medical staff will work hand in hand with you to determine the best course of treatment for your particular condition and help you regain both mobility and comfort in the process. 

Opting for Total Hip Replacement

So, what is total hip replacement? Total hip replacement has emerged as one of the most popular surgical options in recent years. It can be very effective at restoring mobility, reducing pain, and restoring overall quality of life in the properly selected patient. The damaged parts of your hip — generally the hip joint itself and the matching socket — are removed and replaced with artificial ones. Depending on the specific surgical device, these may be made from metal, ceramics and/or plastics. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with information on the best suited joint replacement device for your specific situation.

There are a variety of reasons why people choose to move forward with total hip replacement surgery. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteonecrosis are three of the common conditions that can be treated with joint replacement. Many others opt for total hip replacement due to lingering pain from injuries or reduced mobility as a result of aging.

Preparing for Total Hip Replacement Surgery

Total hip replacement surgery is a multifaceted process, and at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery, we understand it can be a lot of information to take in. The Joint Replacement Program at THCDS consists of a team of joint replacement dedicated professionals all focused on providing you with the tools you need to have a successful joint replacement surgery. Our Joint Replacement Coordinator is a registered nurse with years of orthopedic experience.  Between the Joint Replacement Coordinator and your surgeon they will have a variety of advice as you get ready to undergo hip replacement surgery. Besides quitting smoking and minimizing alcohol consumption, you should also get a dental check-up ahead of time to ensure that you don’t have any unknown or underlying infections in your teeth. It will also be important to alert your care team of any open sores.  Such infections can potentially interfere with your immune system’s ability to heal itself.


As with any surgical procedure, there are a variety of risks attached. Blood clots, infection, fractures, dislocation, a change in leg length, loosening or nerve damage are all potential risk factors. In most instances, people opting for a hip replacement are experiencing significant pain, discomfort or mobility issues, so the potential benefits are usually considered to outweigh the risk. Your surgeon will be able to discuss these with you in more detail prior to your surgery taking place, so you’ll be able to make an informed decision.

Recovery time

Thankfully, hip replacement surgery has come a long way in recent years. Though individual recovery times will vary, patients are typically encouraged to get back on their feet the same day as surgery, with typical hospital stays being one or two-nights. Within a few weeks following surgery, most patients are back to their daily routines – returning to work and enjoying their favorite activities — with little disruption in their lives.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hip Replacement Surgery

What is total hip replacement surgery?

The traditional method of total hip replacement surgery – or total hip arthroscopy – is a time-tested approach that gives the surgeon a clear line of sight into the hip joint for an ideal fit and alignment.  The hip replacement surgeon cuts muscle and soft tissues at the side and back of the hip to access the hip joint.  Damaged cartilage is removed from the hip socket and the ball portion of the femur (thigh bone) is removed.  The removed bone is replaced with either a metal or plastic hip joint attached at the femur with cement or a similar material.  The removed cartilage is then replaced with an artificial hip socket, and the new hip joint is inserted into the socket.

I read about total anterior hip replacement surgery. Is that the same thing?

Anterior hip replacement surgery is an alternate method performed by a growing number of surgeons.  With anterior hip replacement, the surgeon accesses the hip joint through the front of the hip, which has become popular because it’s not as invasive as the traditional approach, causing less damage to muscles and tendons.  

What are the signs I might need hip replacement surgery? 

If you’re experiencing hip pain, the physicians on staff at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery may suggest surgery if any of these signs exist:

  • Pain that does not respond to medications and physical therapy for a prolonged time period
  • Hip arthritis confirmed with an X-ray
  • Debilitating discomfort preventing sleeping, moving, or working
  • Fractures or tumors in the hip
  • Loose hip prosthesis
  • Some hip fractures 

Is total hip replacement surgery right for you?

Diagnosing a hip problem can be complex because hip-related pain can be felt in other areas of the body, including the groin or thigh.  So, it’s always a good first step to find out if you’re a candidate for total hip replacement surgery – or total hip arthroplasty – by making an appointment with an orthopedic specialist or hip replacement surgeon.  Your doctor will take your medical history, and may ask questions such as:

  • When did your hip (thigh, groin or back) first begin to hurt?
  • Is the pain constant, or does it come and go?
  • Did the pain begin after physical exertion?

Your physician will also perform a physical exam and X-ray your hip, and you’ll be advised on a proper course of treatment that may include total hip replacement surgery.  Your doctor will recommend near-term steps to alleviate the pain that may include weight loss or getting more exercise., as well as treatment options like medications, injections or bracing.  

What can I do to improve my chances for a good hip replacement outcome?

There are several things you can do to enhance the results of your surgery and make your recovery safer and more comfortable:

  • Arrange for someone to help once you’re home, and remove belongs that may reduce tripping hazards
  • Lose weight and change your diet, if advised to do so by your doctor. Remember that any healthy eating plan focuses on good nutrition.  Malnutrition is one of the factors that will adversely affect healthy post-surgery
  • Quit smoking at least six weeks before surgery because it can slow healing
  • Ask your doctor about strengthening exercises to do before surgery to reduce healing time
  • If you haven’t seen a dentist in the past two years or have loose or broken teeth, make an appointment to evaluate your dental health before surgery.  A bad tooth is a type of chronic infection.  

Hip Replacement Decision, Moving Ahead

How much is hip pain holding you back from enjoying life? The decision to move ahead with surgery involves a thoughtful conversation with your orthopedic specialist and your loved ones. Of course, the final decision rests with you. If you decide that hip replacement surgery is the best option for you, the Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery team is ready to help. As an experienced facility for hip replacement surgery in Plano, Texas, our Joint Replacement Program is ready to assist you before, during and after your joint replacement surgery.

In addition, we also offer a wide variety of services and treatments for joint replacements, including shoulder, ankle and knee replacements in addition to total hip replacement. To discover more, make sure that you browse our resources on joint replacement surgery education. You can also read a range of testimonials from prior patients and discover how joint replacement has helped change their lives for the better.

Our team is the right choice for treatment options to get you back to your active lifestyle. Give us a call today.

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