The prospect of a hip replacement used to bring about a sense of dread, but today’s advanced procedures have revolutionized hip replacement surgery. Dr. Wayne O. Alani helps men and women from in and around Sugar Land and Houston, Texas, move beyond a damaged hip joint and regain their mobility and independence. If you’ve been putting off treatment for an aching or stiff hip joint, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alani to discuss the possibilities. Online scheduling can help you find a time that fits your busy schedule.
There are a number of conditions that can bring about the need for hip replacement. Some of the more common causes include:
Many people believe that hip replacement surgery follows a sudden and painful fracture. In reality, many hip replacements are performed after a careful decision-making process between doctor and patient.
Dr. Alani conducts a thorough diagnostic evaluation before providing treatment options. Together, you’ll evaluate which treatment paths are best for your needs, lifestyle, and goals.
Some hip conditions can be treated with physical therapy, medication, or other types of hip surgery. In other cases, hip replacement is the optimal treatment approach.
Dr. Alani ensures you understand the procedure and all potential complications and risks well before moving forward with surgery. He will also provide you the support you need to make a fully informed decision about your orthopedic care.
Once you arrive and prepare for your procedure, a doctor administers anesthesia to allow you to rest comfortably and then makes a very small incision provides access to the damaged joint.
Dr. Alani removes the damaged portions of your hip and inserts a strong metal ball that attaches to your femur. He then attaches a socket made of plastic or a plastic/metal combination to your bone tissue with surgical screws or cement. Once the joint is properly positioned, Dr. Alano removes the surgical tools and closes the incision.
After your procedure, you’ll likely experience far less pain, as well as improved joint function. Although today’s procedures and devices are far more advanced than in years past, the material that provides cushioning between the socket and head of the replacement implant will eventually wear away.
After surgery and recovery, you’ll be able to walk, swim, drive, dance, hike, and bicycle. You should avoid high-impact pursuits, like running, jumping, and certain sports.
If you are overweight or subject your new hip to excessive activity, that process will accelerate. However, if you make the proper lifestyle adjustments, your new hip should last for many years to come.
If you’re curious about the latest in hip replacement surgical techniques, schedule a consultation with Dr. Alani as soon as possible.