- Hip and groin pain (especially after walking, standing, or climbing stairs)
- Hip stiffness
- Hip clicking or catching
What is Hip Arthritis?
Hip Arthritis can occur from wear and tear or may follow injury of the joint. Arthritis is loss of cartilage (cushioning material) between the bones resulting in bone-on-bone contact. Loss of this cartilage results in pain and range of motion is sometimes limited. Although the condition may occur from genetic defects of the cartilage, being overweight can place significant extra stress and discomfort on the hip joints resulting in more debilitating pain and faster progression of the disease.
Mild cases of hip arthritis may be treated with eating healthy foods that promote healthy weight and decreased inflammation, avoiding aggravating activities, using cold and heat packs, taking anti-inflammatories, working with a physical therapist, and/or receiving cortisone injections. While non-surgical treatment can relieve mild cases of the condition, surgery may be necessary if it continues to worsen.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery (Minimally Invasive/Rapid Recovery)
What Typically Happens After Surgery?
Traditional Open Total Hip Replacement Surgery
The older traditional open Total Hip Replacement surgery requires a large open incision (9 to 12 inches), extensive muscle tissue dissection, the use of general anesthesia, and a 2-3 day hospital stay to monitor pain and recovery from anesthesia. This older traditional method has many disadvantages including potentially large painful scars, long recovery times, and thumb motion is often limited.