Hip Replacement

If you suffer from severe hip pain, a hip replacement can help. Rush joint replacement surgeons are leaders in hip replacement surgery and research.

If you suffer from severe hip pain, a hip replacement can help. Rush joint replacement surgeons are leaders in hip replacement surgery and research.

If you suffer from severe hip pain, a hip replacement can help. Rush joint replacement surgeons are leaders in hip replacement surgery and research.

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 cause you persistent pain, stiffness, difficulty walking and decreased quality of life.

If nonoperative treatment doesn't help, hip replacement may be a good option for you. The main goal of this procedure is to reduce hip pain; it may also improve your hip function and reduce or eliminate a limp.

During the procedure, the surgeon removes the damaged cartilage along with some bone and replaces it with an artificial hip joint, or prosthesis. The prosthesis consists of two parts: a round ball (femoral head) that is attached via a stem to your femur; and the cup-like acetabular component (socket) placed in your pelvis.

Rush orthopedic surgeons have pioneered minimally invasive hip replacement, which reduces your pain after surgery and enables you to leave the hospital shortly after the procedure.

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 can often help improve your quality of life.

These are some reasons why you might want to consider hip replacement:

  • You have tried medication and other nonsurgical treatments, and they have not helped
  • You do not have any major medical problems that would put you at greater risk for surgery
  • Your primary care doctor or an orthopedic surgeon has told you that you have arthritis of your hip

Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement

At Rush, hip replacement can often be done through one small incision instead of a large incision. Your joint replacement surgeon will talk to you about which approach will give you the best results.

There are several potential advantages to minimally invasive total hip replacement, including the following:

  • Minimal postoperative pain
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less trauma to the surrounding tissues
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Faster rehabilitation

Revision 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. You may need this procedure for the following reasons:

  • The artificial hip parts loosen from the bone
  • Your hip comes out of the socket or dislocates
  • Your hip becomes infected
  • The artificial parts get very worn over time

Rush Excellence in Hip Replacement

  • Orthopedic excellence: U.S. News & World Report ranked Rush University Medical Center No. 5 in the nation and best in Illinois for orthopedics.
  • 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. Rush hip replacement surgeons are among the most experienced in the world, having performed tens of thousands of hip replacements over the past three decades. We're able to draw from that experience to customize your procedure and make sure you get the best possible results.
  • Continuum of care: Our team of physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists will help you recover from your procedure and put you back on the path toward an active life. Your rehab often begins in the hospital shortly after surgery and continues after you are discharged home.
  • Multiple services at our Rush locations: At our Rush hospitals and many of our other locations, you can get all of your hip replacement care in one convenient location. You can do your clinic visits, get your imaging tests, have your surgery and go through rehabilitation — all under one roof.
  • Leaders on a national scale: Our hip replacement surgeons are among the nation's premier thought leaders and researchers. They have published thousands of papers, co-written and edited dozens of text books, and presented their research at conferences around the world. Our surgeons have also held leadership positions with a number of prestigious national organizations, including past presidents of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. 

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