Anterior Hip Replacement in Dearborn & Jackson, MichiganLearn more about when hip replacement surgery is recommended and whether it might be right for you. Hip Surgeon Also Serving Ann Arbor, Allen Park, Trenton, & ChelseaThe hip joint, one of the largest weight-bearing joints in your body, is a ball-and-socket joint: the ball, or the head of the thigh bone, fits into the socket, a concave surface of the pelvic bone called the acetabulum. Cartilage cushions the bones, helping them move smoothly.If your hip joint becomes damaged, injured or diseased, it can cause pain or stiffness when walking or performing everyday tasks. Something as simple as resting or putting on your shoes may be challenging with a hip problem. If pain relief approaches such as medication, physical therapy or supports like walkers or canes do not help with the pain or limited mobility, surgical replacement of the hip joint may be recommended. During the procedure, the joint is replaced with durable synthetic components to facilitate comfortable movement reducing stiffness or pain.When facing hip replacement surgery, it is crucial you find a qualified, experienced surgeon. Dr. Alfred Faulkner is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon with a high success rate in hip replacement procedures. Upon consultation, the compassionate surgeon will give you the information you need about the surgery and recovery time, and answer any questions you have. Dr. Faulkner will explain how the procedure will reduce pain, improve strength and mobility and enhance your ability to live an active, independent lifestyle.When Is Hip Replacement Recommended?One of the most common reasons for hip damage necessitating replacement is arthritis, in which the cartilage that cushions the bones of the hip joint breaks down. Arthritis may be caused by an injury (traumatic arthritis), an autoimmune problem (rheumatoid arthritis) or simply “wear and tear” associated with advancing age (osteoarthritis).Other common reasons for hip replacement surgery include hip fractures, tumors or avascular necrosis, which causes the death of bone tissue due to lack of blood supply.Anterior Hip Replacement BenefitsUsing the anterior approach is beneficial because it may require a smaller incision and result in less post-operative pain, less muscle trauma and a quicker and smoother recovery.Hip Replacement Surgery DetailsHip replacement surgery is performed with anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain during the operation. It is usually performed in a hospital or surgery center setting.To begin, Dr. Faulkner makes an incision on the front of your hip joint. He will remove the damaged “ball” part of the joint (i.e., the upper part of the thigh bone) and replace it with a synthetic stem. Then, he will remove the damaged bone and cartilage of the “socket” (i.e., the part of the pelvic bone) and replace it with a synthetic piece. Dr. Faulkner also places a spacer in between the ball and socket to create a smooth gliding surface.When Dr. Faulkner is finished replacing the hip joint, he closes the incision with dissolvable sutures ideal for healing.Hip Surgery Procedure Video Hip Replacement RecoveryHip replacement may require a short hospital stay or you may be discharged to go home the same day. After undergoing surgery, you will need to take special precautions to prevent your new joint from dislocating. Dr. Faulkner will monitor your recovery closely and advise when it is safe to put weight on your leg and resume light activities. You will likely need to work with a physical therapist during your recovery to regain strength and mobility.Request a Consultation with Dr. Alfred FaulknerFor more information about anterior hip replacement surgery with Dr. Faulkner, please contact our practice and request a consultation today. You can reach us by phone or email.