Hip Replacement, Resurfacing, Revision

Hip Surgery / Other TreatmentsWhile total hip replacement is the most common hip surgery, there are a number of other surgical interventions such as hip resurfacing and partial hip replacement to relieve hip pain of various geneses. Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is a surgical technique that has a number of approaches and procedures that differentiate it from traditional hip replacement surgery. There are also a number of non-surgical treatment options for hip pain which can avoid or delay the need for more aggressive surgical treatment.
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About Hip Replacement

In order to understand hip replacement it helps to first understand the hip joint itself, the types of hip replacement surgery, and a little about the hip replacement implants for each type of hip replacement. The Parts of Your Hip […]

Total Hip Replacement

Total Hip Replacement

In a total hip replacement both the thigh bone (femur) and the socket are replaced with implant materials and prostheses. There are a number of different approaches a surgeon can take, depending on her analysis of your particular case. […]

Hip Resurfacing

Unlike a total hip replacement, hip resurfacing effectively relines the hip joint rather than completely replacing it. It is viewed as a bone-preserving alternative procedure for qualified patients that can delay (usually by several years) the need for a […]

What is the difference between hip resurfacing and total hip replacement?

The hip joint is a simple ball and socket shape. The ball is at the top of your thigh bone and the socket is in the side of your pelvic bone. Depending on the amount of damage caused by arthritis, a surgeon may recommend hip resurfacing or total hip replacement surgery to a patient. […]

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) for Hip Replacement

Improvements in technique and surgical instrumentation allow today’s surgeons to insert prosthetic hip and knee joints using shorter skin cuts with less surgical trauma, resulting in fewer days spent in the hospital, smaller scars and shorter rehabilitation. These most recent […]

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Hip Replacement

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is one surgical approach with the goal in mind of enabling surgeons to perform hip replacement surgery with greater precision and less injury to the body. […]

Hip Replacement Approaches

There are a variety of materials used to create the prosthetic components of an artificial hip. But there is also more than one way to go about performing a hip replacement surgery – known as different “approaches.” The different […]

Surgical Procedures and Other Hip Treatments

The hip joint is where the head of the thigh bone or femur meets the pelvis. The femoral head is ball-shaped and fits into a cup-shaped compartment in the pelvis. The hip joint can be damaged by osteoarthritis, other […]


Hip Revision Surgery

A hip revision procedure involves removing and replacing a worn, loosened or misaligned implant in order to relieve pain and improve the function of the implanted hip system. In the majority of cases, hip revision surgery is more complex and […]

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Micro-Posterior Hip Approach

This innovative procedure employs various techniques that are applied with extra care and diligence to achieve some good early outcomes such as the ability to walk with minimal assistance on day one or two. The incision is a small one […]

Hip Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy (not to be confused with arthroplasty) is a surgical procedure that allows your orthopedic surgeon to see, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint within your body. Your doctor may recommend hip arthroscopy if you have a condition […]

hip replacement incision types

Hip Replacement: Direct Anterior Approach

When a total hip replacement is performed, your surgeon has a few approaches (type of incisions) to choose from. The different incisions are defined by their relation to the musculature of the hip. The various approaches are posterior (Moore or […]

Minimally invasive hip replacement approaches and procedures

“Minimally invasive hip replacement surgery” is a general term that describes several variations of existing surgical techniques that are designed to reduce the tissue trauma associated with hip replacement. […]

Partial Hip Replacement Surgery

Partial hip replacement, also called hip hemiarthroplasty, is a surgical procedure where only the femoral head (the ball) of the damaged hip joint is replaced. The acetabulum (the socket) is not replaced. By contrast, in total hip replacement, the […]

Bilateral Total Hip Replacement

Bilateral total hip replacement surgery replaces both hips at the same time, generally due to arthritic pain and stiffness. It is not terribly common for arthritis in both hips to progress at the same rate, such that a bilateral hip […]

Computer-Assisted Robotic Hip Replacement Surgery

In computer-assisted robotic surgery, a robot acts as an extension of the surgeon’s eyes and hands in a minimally invasive surgery to replace an arthritic hip. The robotics help surgeons operate more effectively through a smaller incision. Total hip […]

Hip Resurfacing vs. Partial Hip Replacement

Hip Resurfacing Hip resurfacing is generally considered to be a good option for younger patients as less bone is resected from the upper end of the thigh bone. However, some surgeons will do this procedure on older patients too if […]

Conservative or Non-Invasive Treatment for Hip Pain

Hip replacement surgery – like all surgeries – is generally only recommended after all conservative (non-invasive) treatment options fail to provide relief from symptoms. There are a number of non-surgical treatment options for hip pain including pain caused by osteoarthritis […]

Other Surgical Interventions for Hip Conditions

While total hip replacement is the most common hip surgery, there are a number of other surgical interventions to relieve hip pain of various genesis. As is discussed elsewhere on this site, arthritis is the main cause of hip replacement […]