by Alfred M. Faulkner, DO, PC on June 28, 2022Your hip is one of the most critical joints in your body, and it’s the largest weight-bearing joint with many moving parts. Whether age, injury or disease has damaged your hip, a hip replacement surgery with a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, such as Dr. Alfred Faulkner, can restore a full range of motion. Dr. Faulkner specializes in orthopedic trauma and joint replacement surgery. He has helped countless Michigan patients regain function of their hips, knees, shoulders and other body parts. His excellent surgical skills and easygoing, compassionate bedside manner make him the ideal surgeon to restore your hips and mobility. How a Hip Replacement Surgery WorksThe main components of your hip joint are the head of the thigh bone (the ball) and the shallow pelvic bone area called the acetabulum (the socket). Cartilage is positioned between these bones to allow for smooth movement without pain. While medications, physical therapy and supportive walkers or canes can help you move with less pain, hip surgery is often required for severe cases with a diminished quality of life due to the pain and limitations.Dr. Faulkner performs orthopedic surgeries at accredited hospitals and surgical centers. Hip replacement surgery begins with general anesthesia to put you under. You’re unconscious for the procedure and won’t feel any pain. Dr. Faulkner will make an incision in the front of your hip joint and remove the damaged “ball” section of the ball-and-socket hip joint and replace it with a synthetic stem. Then the “socket” portion of the joint is addressed, and Dr. Faulkner removes the damaged bone and cartilage from the pelvic bone surface and puts a synthetic piece in its place. Once the acetabulum and pelvic bone synthetic pieces are placed, Dr. Faulkner uses a spacer between them that acts as artificial cartilage to facilitate a smooth, gliding surface when you move or twist the joint. The incision is closed using dissolvable sutures. Dr. Faulkner will discuss the recovery process with you before and after your hip replacement surgery. You need to follow his instructions closely to ensure a full recovery and excellent range of motion. Discuss Your Hip Pain with Dr. Faulkner in JacksonIf you experience hip pain and a limited range of motion, a hip replacement may be necessary to restore your mobility and quality of life. Contact Michigan Bone Doctor in Jackson and Dearborn, Michigan, today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Faulkner.