Problems such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and avascular necrosis can destroy the protective cartilage around the hip joint, disrupting the smooth contact between the femoral head (ball) and hip socket. This can lead to pain, stiffness, difficulty walking and decreased quality of life.
If nonoperative treatment fails, hip replacement is an option to relieve pain and restore function. At Rush, orthopedic surgeons have pioneered ways to perform the surgery that minimize patients’ pain after surgery and enable them to leave the hospital shortly after the procedure.
The main goal of this procedure is to reduce hip pain; it may also improve hip function and reduce or eliminate a limp.
Do I need a hip replacement?
Not everyone with hip pain needs a hip replacement. But if your pain prevents you from doing everyday tasks or walking independently, hip replacement may improve your quality of life.
You could be a good candidate if the following statements are true:
- You have tried medication and other nonsurgical treatments, and they have not helped
- You do not have any major medical problems that would make any type of surgery risky
- Your primary care doctor or an orthopedic surgeon has told you that you have arthritis of your hip
Types of hip replacement
In addition to standard hip replacement surgery, orthopedic surgeons at Rush also perform repeat (or revision) hip replacement
For a revision, the surgeon removes and replaces all or part of a previously inserted hip replacement. This procedure is done for a number of reasons, including the following:
- The artificial hip parts loosen from the bone
- The hip comes out of the socket or dislocates
- The hip becomes infected
- The artificial parts get very worn over time
Why choose Rush for a hip replacement
- Orthopedic excellence: The orthopedics program at Rush is consistently ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
- Experienced joint replacement surgeons: When it comes to hip replacement, the experience of your surgeon can make a difference in how well you do after the procedure. Orthopedic surgeons are among the most experienced in the world, having performed more than 18,000 hip replacements over the past three decades. They now perform around 1,400 hip replacements a year — among the most of any one center in the world.
- Continuum of care: The team of physical therapists, rehabilitation specialists and other experts at Rush can help you recover from your procedure and put you back on the path toward an active life.
- Convenience: The Orthopedic Building offers one convenient place to go for orthopedic care. You can see an orthopedics specialist, get your imaging tests, have outpatient procedures, and go through rehabilitation — all under one roof.