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Information for Patients & Caregivers

Hip Joint Replacement

Joint deterioration can affect every aspect of a person's life. It is common for people to ignore the symptoms of osteoarthritis in its early stages, but as the disease progresses, activities like walking, driving and standing may become challenging, painful and very difficult.
 

Hip replacement surgery usually is an extremely successful surgical procedure. The first total hip replacement surgery was performed over 40 years ago and has evolved with technological advancements so that millions of people have hip replacements every year.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the expert guidance of your orthopaedic surgeon. Any questions or concerns you may have should be directed towards your orthopaedic surgeon.


Who needs hip replacement surgery?

Osteoarthritis of the hip most commonly affects people who are middle-aged and older. Symptoms range from mild discomfort to severe pain and immobility. Treatment for osteoarthritis of the hip focuses on decreasing pain and improving joint movement. When conservative methods of treatment fail to provide adequate relief, total hip replacement may be considered.

An orthopaedic surgeon, who specialises in treating problems of the bones and joints, will decide if you are a candidate for a hip replacement. The surgeon will discuss your medical history, measure the range of motion and muscle strength of your hips, and observe how you sit, bend, and move. In addition, x-rays will be taken to determine the extent of damage to your hip joints. If the x-ray shows severe joint damage and no other means of treatment has provided relief, the orthopaedic surgeon may suggest hip replacement surgery.

Total hip replacement has evolved to be one of the most predictable and reliable medical procedures available. Total joint replacement has transformed the lives of many patients by providing them the opportunity to once again be active and experience less pain.


Minimally Invasive Technology

Microplasty® Minimally Invasive Surgery: Reducing Trauma to Your Hip

Our Microplasty® Minimally Invasive Instrumentation can help your surgeon reduce the incision from 6-8" to 3-4". This approach reduces the extent to which the surgeon must disrupt the soft tissue surrounding the hip. As a result, your muscles, ligaments, and tendons experience potentially less trauma during surgery. This may help reduce post-operative pain, improve your recovery time, and get you back on your feet faster. Note: your recovery time will depend on your condition, your compliance to surgeon’s instructions, and other factors.

Potential Benefits of the Microplasty® Hip Programme are:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Earlier mobilisation
  • Accelerated recovery process
  • Less blood loss
  • Reduction of scar tissue