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Hip Replacement Surgery

What is Hip Replacement Surgery?

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint that allows the leg to move. The joint is lined with a lubricating tissue called cartilage, which cushions the joint as it moves and bears weight. Hip replacement surgery uses implants to resurface and replace the bones in the joint, re-creating the smooth gliding surfaces that were once intact.

In total hip surgery, an orthopedic surgeon makes an incision and removes the affected portion of the "ball" or head of the femur. This is replaced with a hip component made of a metal alloy such as cobalt chrome or titanium.

The "socket," or acetabulum, is shaped to accept the new socket, which is pressed into place. Several materials can be used to line the socket in your pelvis, including polyethylene (plastic) and metal. It is important to discuss these options with your surgeon.

Hip Replacement Surgery Recovery

Patients who undergo hip joint replacement at Providence St. Peter Hospital have a special advantage on their road to recovery. At our Total Joint Center, hip and knee replacement patients begin rehabilitation together, in a team setting. Sharing the rehabilitation process with others in similar situations is motivational and promotes quicker healing.

During your stay in the Center, a highly skilled team of orthopedic surgeons, dedicated nurses, therapists and other caregivers will create an individual treatment plan for you and help you through the rehabilitation process.

Features of the Total Joint Center Program

  • Private rooms on the 6th floor of the St. Peter Hospital Orthopedic Unit
  • Dedicated nurses and therapists who specialize in care of joint replacement patients
  • A comprehensive patient guide for you to follow from six weeks before your surgery to three months afterward, and beyond
  • Extensive education and information for you, and a coach you designate – all designed to help build your confidence and lead you to a fast recovery