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.Why Choose Dr. Faulkner for Hip ReplacementWhen 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 BenefitsCompared to lateral and posterior hip replacement surgeries, anterior hip replacement allows for better post-surgery mobility and an easier recovery. Because it involves smaller incisions and less trauma, patients should experience less pain and be able to regain full mobility on a faster schedule and with fewer restrictions. Anterior hip replacement is generally an outpatient surgery, with patients feeling well enough to return home the same day. The risk of complications (such as hip dislocation) is lower with this form of surgery as well.Cost of Anterior Hip ReplacementThe price for anterior hip replacement depends on several factors unique to each patient, but on average is less expensive than posterior hip replacement. Fortunately, hip replacement is covered by most insurance plans. Dr. Faulkner works with his patients to establish a clear record and assessment of why this procedure is medically necessary to get the approval of the insurance company.Anterior Hip Replacement FAQsHow can I tell if I need a new hip?The most telling signs that you may need a hip replacement are that you feel a high level of pain around your groin area and experience limited mobility because of this pain. When otherwise normal movements like bending over to pick something up off the ground or standing up after being seated in a chair become difficult, it is time to see a doctor. It is even more important that you consult a doctor if you or a loved one realizes that you have developed a limp.How long can I expect my hip replacement to last?Thanks to medical advancements, it is likely that your new hip can last you for the rest of your life. Nearly 90% of prosthetic hips still function more than two decades after surgery. If you are younger and physically active, you may need to replace your hip at some point, but that is not a good reason to postpone a needed hip replacement until later. You will live a better, more fulfilling life by giving yourself renewed mobility.Is physical therapy necessary after hip replacement?Most of Dr. Faulkner’s patients do see a physical therapist after hip replacement surgery to regain full mobility safely and swiftly. The good news is that hip replacements tend to require less rehabilitation than other joints like the knee. Dr. Faulkner can refer patients to a good physical therapist who can provide outstanding aftercare.Why does Dr. Faulkner prefer anterior hip replacement to posterior replacement?Anterior hip replacement is almost always preferable from a patient’s perspective. It is less painful, puts less stress on the body allows for an easier recovery and has a lower risk of complications. However, anterior hip replacement is not recommended for obese patients because the risk of complications is higher.Dr. Faulkner is not alone in his preference for anterior hip replacement. Many orthopedic surgeons who are committed to staying on top of the latest advancements and research have focused their attention on anterior hip replacement. The main reason posterior hip replacement is still performed more often is that it is a more technically challenging procedure for surgeons to perform. It takes a skilled surgeon like Dr. Faulkner to perform an anterior hip replacement, and frankly, not all surgeons have trained at that level.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.