Total Hip Replacement in Yuma, AZ

Total Hip Replacement in Yuma, AZThe hip is a ball-and socket joint formed by the ball of the thighbone and the socket of the pelvis (acetabulum). The hip joint is required to bear the majority of body weight while both walking and sitting, so ligaments connect the components together to provide stability and cartilage on the ends of the bones help absorb shock during movement. Hip pain can be very debilitating, making tasks such as walking difficult, and may even cause immobility.

Hip pain is most often the result of arthritis. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common forms of arthritis that affect the hip joint. Osteoarthritis, also known as “wear-and-tear” arthritis, is a progressive joint disease that causes the protective cartilage to wear away. It can develop from the natural friction incurred during everyday use, such as running, or from trauma.

As the disease advances, patients will often experience severe pain, stiffness, locking of the joint, a reduced range of motion, and difficulty completing tasks. Symptoms may extend beyond physical activity, as patients suffering from severe osteoarthritis may also feel a dull aching pain while sitting or lying down.

In comparison, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation and cartilage loss. Similar to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis patients will typically experience increasing pain and severe stiffening that may cause tasks, such as walking, to become unmanageable.

Hip Arthritis Treatments

Dr. Henderson will often recommend treatments to manage pain symptoms and slow disease progression to patients with early stage osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Based on the type of arthritis and the patient’s symptoms, one or more of the following treatments may be suggested:

  • Anti-inflammatory Medications
  • Pain Medications
  • Activity Level Modifications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Injection Therapies

For patients suffering from severe arthritis of the hip or are unable to complete basic daily tasks because of pain, surgery is often required to restore joint function. Dr. Henderson will determine if total hip replacement is the best treatment option by evaluating joint strength and range of motion.

Total Hip Replacement Surgery

During total hip replacement, Dr. Henderson will remove the damaged bone and cartilage on both the ball and socket. He will then replace the joint components with a metal and plastic prosthesis. Dr. Henderson is an advocate of utilizing minimally invasive surgical techniques and will use the direct anterior approach, a minimally invasive approach to hip replacement, whenever possible.

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Total hip replacement surgery is an in-patient procedure, and, when performed with minimally invasive techniques, typically only requires a 2 to 3 day hospital stay. Hip replacement patients will typically begin practicing walking and completing light physical therapy exercises the day after surgery. Upon returning home, patients will be required to follow a strict exercise and physical therapy regimen that help patients regain full joint functionality safely.

Total Hip Replacement in Yuma, AZ

Rodney D. Henderson, M.D., P.C., is a board-certified surgeon specializing in joint replacement and minimally invasive surgery. Having performed over 3,000 surgeries on patients, Dr. Henderson is dedicated to helping patients return to their active lifestyles as quickly and safely as possible. To learn more about Dr. Henderson’s specialties or total hip replacement, schedule an appointment with Dr. Henderson at the Yuma, AZ office.