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Total hip replacement surgery

MedStar Health is a leader in orthopaedics in the D.C. and Baltimore region, providing personalized and comprehensive hip care. Our doctors are fellowship-trained in hip surgery and specialize exclusively in caring for conditions that affect the hip, from simple cases to the most complex. Our physicians use state-of-the-art techniques and approaches to total hip replacement, which promote a safe and successful recovery. Our network is proud to offer our patients tertiary care with access to multiple support systems all under one roof.

What is total hip replacement surgery?

In a total hip replacement, the damaged bone and cartilage is replaced with a prosthetic, or artificial, hip component. The goal of total hip replacement surgery, also referred to as total hip arthroplasty, is to help relieve your pain and improve your quality of life and hip function. At MedStar Health, we offer the most advanced approaches to hip replacement surgery, using innovative technologies to promote the safest and most successful outcomes possible.

Why is total hip replacement performed?

You may be a good candidate for hip replacement surgery at MedStar Health if you suffer from any of the below hip conditions:

What does total hip replacement involve?

This ensures a precise and safe procedure. During surgery, the damaged portions of your hip are removed and replaced with an artificial hip called a prosthesis, or a device that substitutes or supplements the joint. The prosthesis consists of three components: a socket, ball, and stem. The outer shell of the socket is usually made of metal and the inner shell consists of plastic, or the entire socket may be plastic. When the ceramic ball is joined with the socket, the new hip allows for smooth, nearly frictionless movement. Prior to your total hip replacement procedure, your surgeon may use robotic-assisted technologies, which capture the exact location of the joint prior to surgery. 

What are the benefits of undergoing total hip replacement?

Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after having hip replacement surgery:

  • Hip pain relief

  • Restored range of motion

  • Improved balance and function

  • Ability to bear weight on the affected hip

  • Ability to return to normal activities

  • Access to a multidisciplinary network of physicians

  • High quality care for simple and complex joint conditions

A minimally invasive option: Direct superior approach hip replacement

Direct superior approach hip replacement is a type of hip replacement surgery that is minimally invasive and spares the IT band, which extends from the pelvis to the knee and supports hip function and stability. The surgery is performed using a smaller incision that is located higher on the hip. The surgeon accesses the hip between the muscles of the buttocks.

The benefits of the direct superior approach include:

  • Smaller incision
  • Earlier ability to walk—often while still in the recovery room
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker ability to get back to normal activities
  • Less risk of post-surgery hip dislocation
  • Less blood loss during surgery
  • Less discomfort and need for pain medication during recovery

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