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Total Hip Replacement

All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clear Lake, Houston, TX

About 500,000 Americans have total hip replacement surgery annually. Thanks to new techniques that make the surgery safer and more reliable, that number is expected to triple over the next 20 years. At All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Houston, Texas, the board-certified orthopedic surgeons perform total hip replacements using the Mako SmartRobotics™ system for highly personalized joint replacements. Book your appointment online or call the office to schedule your joint replacement consultation today.

Total Hip Replacement Q & A

What is a total hip replacement? 

A total hip replacement, or total hip arthroplasty, is a surgery in which your orthopedic surgeon removes damaged bone and cartilage. They then fit new plastic and metal components onto the remaining bone, creating a new hip joint. 

The board-certified orthopedic surgeons at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute are highly skilled in all kinds of total hip replacement, including both traditional and cutting-edge robotic surgery using the Mako SmartRobotics system. 

Am I a good candidate for a total hip replacement?

Today’s hip replacement surgery is highly advanced, with patients spending less time in recovery than ever before. But it’s still a surgical procedure, which is why total hip replacement isn’t automatically the first choice for treatment. 

If hip pain interrupts your normal activities of daily living, the All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute team can assess your candidacy for hip replacement. In general, a total hip replacement candidate has both of the following issues.

Severe joint damage

If you have severe joint damage due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bone tumors, or another condition, a hip replacement could help you. Joint damage can also develop after an injury, such as a bone fracture.

Poor response to conservative care

In some cases, non-surgical treatments like physical therapy, oral medication, and injections can dramatically ease symptoms and allow you to delay or avoid hip replacement. But if your pain persists despite these treatments, it could be time for a hip replacement. 

If you meet these qualifications, hip replacement may be the best choice for treatment. 

What is robotic total hip replacement like?

With traditional hip replacement, your surgeon creates one long incision and then completes the operation by looking directly into your hip joint. For a robotic total hip replacement, your surgeon uses a 3D CT scan of your hip to craft a customized surgery plan. 

Your surgeon controls a robotic arm as the Mako system creates a virtual surgical boundary. This helps your surgeon make only the movements necessary to remove your damaged bone and cartilage. 

Robotic surgery requires much smaller incisions and you lose far less blood than with traditional joint replacement. The risk of hip dislocation is far lower, as well. Thanks to the ultra-precise implant placement, a robotic hip replacement feels very natural. 

Learn how hip replacement can get you moving again. Book an appointment online or call All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute today.