Hip Replacement Procedure

By Matt Paulus, MS, ATC, Site Coordinator

Hip Replacement Procedure

Hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the diseased parts of your hip are removed and replaced with new, artificial parts to relieve pain and improve function of the hip joint. Most commonly, hip replacement surgery is done when your hip joint wears down due to osteoarthritis. Other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, injury, and bone tumors can also lead to breakdown of the hip joint.

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint that allows a wide range of motion, including sitting, standing, and walking. During hip replacement surgery, which lasts about two to three hours, the surgeon removes the diseased bone tissue and cartilage and replaces it with the new parts, usually made of plastic or metal. The healthy parts of your hip are left intact. In the past, hip replacement surgery was an option primarily for people over 60 years of age; however, doctors have found that it can be very successful in younger people as new technology has improved artificial parts, allowing them to withstand more stress and strain.

Patients are allowed only limited movement immediately after surgery, but within two days after the procedure, therapists can teach the patient exercises that will improve recovery. Usually, people don’t spend more than 10 days in the hospital after hip replacement surgery. Full recovery usually takes three to six months, depending on the type of surgery, the overall health of the patient, and the success of rehabilitation.

Image of the hip joint.

3D illustration, painful hip skeleton.

Several Approaches To Treating Hip Pain With JOI Physcial Therapy

There are a few easy forms of physical therapy which can help. Exercises for core strength and stability are used to treat and prevent pain in the hips. Ergonomic education is instrumental in treating hip pain. This is because the source of most of the pain comes from how people sit or stand for long periods of time. Lastly and perhaps most importantly is keeping up with your health. Weight loss and a healthy BMI are always recommended in the treatment of hip pain.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045

Where is Telemedicine Frequently used?

All JOI Physicians and Therapists now offer Telemedicine services from the convenience of your home. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.

By: Matt Paulus, MS, ATC, Site Coordinator

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