Each year in the United States, more than 330,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed, and this number is expected to rise with an aging population. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Herrick J. Siegel, MD, specializes in joint replacement surgery, including hips, helping his patients in Birmingham, Alabama, regain pain-free movement. Call the office or request an appointment online to set up your consultation.
Your hips are incredibly hard-working joints that provide crucial support and mobility for your body. In this role, they’re vulnerable to general wear and tear, which can lead to increasingly stiff and painful joints that have a hard time keeping pace with your day-to-day activities. On top of this natural breakdown in your joints, your hips can also succumb to:
Whatever the underlying cause, if your problematic hips are affecting your quality of life, making climbing stairs or even getting in and out your car a painful endeavor, hip replacement surgery is an incredibly effective solution.
In a hip replacement surgery, Dr. Siegel replaces many of the damaged components in the joint using the best materials available, including ceramics and metal. To start, he removes your femoral head and places a metal stem into your femur and then adds a ceramic ball on top.
After removing any damaged cartilage from inside your acetabulum (socket), Dr. Siegel places a metal socket inside your joint. To ensure that the new pieces glide together smoothly, he places a spacer between your new ball and socket.
To accomplish all of this, Dr. Siegel uses a minimally invasive, direct anterior approach, which means he accesses your joint through the front. There are many advantages to this technique, not the least of which is that he need only separate your muscles, rather than cut through them, as with posterior or lateral approaches.
Thanks to Dr. Siegel’s reliance on the muscle-sparing, direct anterior approach, your recovery is far quicker than it would be with other approaches.
Dr. Siegel encourages his patients to get up and moving with the new joint as soon as is prudent — sometimes the next day. While you’ll start out slowly, you should gain increased mobility during the first few weeks following your surgery, especially if you participate in your physical therapy. Should all go well, you should be able to resume your normal activities in 10-12 weeks after your surgery.
If you’d like to explore hip replacement surgery further, please call the office or request an appointment online.