Total Hip Replacement
Chronic conditions like arthritis can cause hip pain that interferes with everyday life. Nonsurgical treatments are available for hip arthritis, but they may not alleviate symptoms for patients with advanced arthritis. For these patients, hip replacement surgery may be an option.
Dr. Magee offers advanced solutions for hip replacement surgery to patients in Salt Lake City and surrounding communities.
Anatomy of the Hip
The hip is one of the largest joints in the body. The joint is formed by the ball-shaped upper end of the thighbone, which fits into a socket in the pelvis bone. For this reason, it is called a “ball-and-socket” joint.
The bones are covered with a smooth tissue called articular cartilage, which allows the bones to move more easily. The synovial membrane also surrounds the joint. It is a thin tissue that produces a small amount of fluid to lubricate the joint. A network of ligaments called the hip capsule connect the bones in the joint to provide stability.
Arthritis damages the articular cartilage in the hip, leading to pain and stiffness. This cartilage damage may eventually lead to limited function in the hip.
When is Hip Replacement Surgery Recommended?
Hip arthritis may be treated with nonsurgical methods like anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. However, if nonsurgical treatment is not effective in relieving symptoms, total hip replacement may be recommended. If hip pain limits daily activities and continues while at rest, surgery may be recommended. If stiffness in the hip limits range of motion, hip replacement surgery may also help.
While there are no absolute age or weight restrictions on hip replacement surgery, a proper orthopaedic evaluation is necessary to determine if hip replacement surgery is the right option.
Hip Replacement Procedure
During a hip replacement procedure, the damaged portions of the hip joint are removed and replaced with implants. There are different approaches to total hip replacement, but the overall goal is to reduce pain and restore function in the hip.
Dr. Magee is trained in Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Hip Replacement. He has used this technology in his practice since 2011, and his surgical group has the most experience in Utah with the Mako® system. In his practice, Dr. Magee has seen improved outcomes for patients undergoing Mako® robotic-arm assisted surgery.
Mako® robotic-arm assisted total hip replacement allows for more accurate implant placement, which can reduce the risk of dislocation and allow for a more natural feeling in the new joint. The accuracy of the implant placement may also mean that the implant lasts longer. Mako® total hip replacement procedures also require smaller incisions, which can result in less scarring and blood loss, a reduced hospital stay, and a quicker recovery.
Prior to a Mako® robotic-arm assisted total hip replacement, a CT scan of the patient’s hip is used to create a unique 3D virtual model of the hip. The virtual model is then loaded into the Mako® system software to create a personalized surgical plan.
During the procedure, Dr. Magee guides the robotic-arm based on the personalized plan to prepare the joint and position the implant. The Mako® robotic-arm system guides Dr. Magee within the area pre-defined by the personalized surgical plan. This helps to ensure the accuracy of implant placement and alignment.
The recovery process for total hip replacement can take several months. However, most patients are able to resume daily activities within three to six weeks of surgery. Physical therapy is a critical part of the recovery process. The goal of physical therapy is to restore strength and function in the hip. Mako® robotic-arm assisted total hip replacement may improve recovery outcomes due to more accurate placement of the implant.
Patients often have concerns or questions following total hip replacement surgery. For more information on what to expect after hip replacement surgery, please see our FAQ page.
Mako® Total Hip Replacement in Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Trevor Magee has offered Mako® total hip replacement in his practice since 2011. His group has the most experience in the state of Utah using Mako® technology. If you would like to learn more about Mako® total hip replacement, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Magee, please contact our office at (801) 533-2002.