Orange County Pain Management
The hip joint is the largest joint in the human body. A ball-and-socket joint, it also allows for fluid movement. Although durable, the hip is far from indestructible, and many people of various ages report hip pain. There are a variety of causes and conditions that may cause hip pain. These can include:
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are among of the leading causes of hip pain, especially in older adults. Inflammation and the breakdown of hip cartilage can cause pain and symptoms that progressively worsen. People with arthritis also often feel stiffness and have limited motion or mobility in the hip.
Hip fractures or breaks can also cause significant hip pain and become more common as people age. These injuries can cause life-altering damage and limitations, so qualified medical attention is essential in treating symptoms and improving conditions.
Sudden injuries and overuse injuries can cause hip pain. Tendinitis, bursitis, sprains and strains and other similar conditions are a few examples.
You should always seek medical attention if your hip pain has compromised your quality of life. Some of the most common symptoms that may necessitate medical attention include:
- Limited mobility and inability to walk comfortably
- Hip pain while resting or at night
- Hip pain lasting for more than a few days
- Swelling of hip or thigh area
- Inability to bend at the hip
- Signs of infection, including fever, redness or warmth
Pain management and treatment of hip pain will depend on the underlying cause or condition. As such, seeking a thorough medical evaluation is key to ensuring that you use the most appropriate treatment method. Rest, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications are common non-surgical treatment methods. In some cases, prescription medications may be required to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Surgical treatment options may also be necessary in more serious cases.
The Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement Surgery
A Historical Perspective on Hip Replacement Surgery
Among the most significant advances in the field of Orthopedics, hip replacement surgery has become an effective way to restore patients suffering from a wide range of debilitating conditions, including arthritis and osteoporosis, to normal living and movement.
Historically, the surgeon’s most utilized technique to perform a hip replacement procedure has been through the Posterior Approach. In this type of hip replacement, the surgeon accesses the hip through an incision close to the buttocks. While still an effective way to perform hip replacement successfully today, this approach does affect the posterior stabilizing muscles, which can result in early hip dislocation after surgery. To minimize this risk, patients are often required to limit their movement for a period of time after surgery.
Modern Advances: Benefits of the Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement Surgery
As the field of Orthopedics has advanced, so have the surgical options available to patients. Today, the Anterior Approach to hip replacement surgery is a state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive procedure that offers the same result as a posterior approach, but with maximized preservation of muscles around the hip and reduced risk of dislocation after surgery.
The Anterior Approach allows the surgeon to reach the hip joint from the front of the body instead of the back or side, and with a smaller incision. Coupled with new advances in equipment and implant devices, this approach is revolutionizing hip replacement surgery for patients, with significant potential benefits including:
- Increased surgeon accuracy of hip device placement
- Speedier recovery
- Significant reduction in pain after surgery
- Fewer complications after surgery (hip dislocation less likely)
- Full-range of mobility after surgery
- High-quality implant devices that can last a lifetime
The Importance of Trained Experts Using the Highest Quality Equipment
While the latest advances in hip replacement surgery can offer significant benefits to patients, it is only through the care of a highly-skilled, expert orthopedic surgeon using state-of-the-art equipment that those benefits are brought to life. At the Chapman Orthopedic Institute, Medical Director Dr. Christopher Ninh is a board certified and fellowship trained expert in the Anterior Approach to hip replacement surgery. In fact, Dr. Ninh has performed this procedure with great success on patients.
Among the important tools required to perform an anterior hip replacement procedure with precision and accuracy is something called a HANA table. This is the special platform the patient will be placed upon in order to undergo an anterior hip replacement. The distinctive capabilities of this table allow the surgeon to perform the procedure using smaller incisions and a considerably less invasive approach, resulting in speedier recovery times and faster healing.
The Chapman Orthopedic Institute Difference
At the Chapman Orthopedic Institute, it is our goal to relieve patients of the pain and physical burdens that can be caused by debilitation orthopedic conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis. To do this successfully and safely, we have made significant investments in the latest technology, partnering with some of the area’s best orthopedic surgeons and a clinical support team of nurses, technologists and other important staff members who have the skill, experience and compassion required to care for our orthopedic patients.
All orthopedic patients at the Chapman Orthopedic Institute are cared for in a special unit of Chapman Medical Center that was designed to expertly meet their needs. From our specialized beds and recovery equipment to a dedicated care coordinator and after-care rehabilitation programs, we are committed to delivering the highest level of service to every orthopedic patient.
Is the Anterior Approach to Hip Replacement Surgery Right For You?
As with any type of medical or surgical decision, you should discuss the risks, benefits and considerations with your doctor.
For more information about the Anterior Approach to hip replacement surgery at the Chapman Orthopedic Institute or for a referral to one of our expert surgeons, please contact us today.
Contact Chapman Orthopedic Institute to Learn More About Hip Pain
Our specialists and surgeons possess decades of experience in diagnosing and treating patients suffering from a wide variety of hip conditions. We are able to offer a number of orthopedic treatment options, including non-surgical treatment methods and surgical treatment methods. We are also skilled in utilizing the most cutting-edge medical technology and research in partial or total hip replacement surgery. If you are located in Orange County or any of the surrounding communities of Southern California, we encourage you to contact Chapman Orthopedic Institute to learn more about hip pain and how we can help.