When is Hip Replacement Surgery Needed?

I’m Doctor Clint Wooten MD and I practice at Mountain Orthopedics with a specialty and emphasis on adult reconstruction which is hip and knee replacement. I think in the years past we always looked for that much older patient but I think in today’s day and age with the implants and technology improvements that we’ve had, I think anybody that’s having true hip pain that’s coming from degenerative changes those degenerative changes can be just from age or they might be from an old traumatic injury.

Anything that causes the hip to not function as we would normally want it to I think is a candidate in today’s day and age. So in a total hip arthoplasty there’s a lot of different choices that are out there today. Folks will try to decide what approach to take. So some people make an approach through the front of the hip other people make approach through the back of the hip but essentially what we’re doing is we’re replacing the ball in socket within the hip joint and we do that with different metal surface bearings that in today’s day and age have you know great wear rates and intend to not fatigue overtime.

Historically they wore out over 10 or 15 year interval and we’d like to think that today,that’ll be much longer than that. In the post operative setting after having undergonea total hip replacement, I expect most my patients to leave the hospital post operatively day one. And from there I expect them to be using some kind of gate aid for a handful of days and or a couple of weeks depending on the patient. By the time patients are three to four weeks out most of them are getting around without any type of gate aid.

At that six week mark I start to expect them to resume most of their daily activities and certainly by three months they’re going to be much better than they were before they came and actually had the surgery. So certainly if you’re experiencing any type of joint pain whether that be hip, knee, shoulder, certainly contact Mountain Orthopedics at Lakeview Hospital and we’d be happy to take care of you and answer any questions you might have.

Treatments for Knee Pain

So that is really taking care of that senior population or those folks that have had degenerative changes in their hip or knee, and looking at ways to treat that with resurfacing or cartilage restoration, and ultimately total joint replacement, depending on where they’re at in the spectrum. Partial knee replacement for me is one of my favorite surgeries. I think that that captures two populations. I think our younger population, who still wants to remain active and participate in sporting activities and things of that nature. Partial knee replacement, if their disease permits,is a great opportunity to allow them to do that.

We’re able to leave a lot of the innate anatomy in the knee, which allows them to have a much quicker recovery and allows them to perform a lot of the activities they were doing ahead of time. I think it’s also a benefit for the senior population that might meet criteria because the recovery is so much quicker and easier. I think in today’s age, again, that’s a procedure that’s evolved, and patients do really well with it for now today.

I think a patient will come and see me with regards to joint replacement when they realize that whatever joint might be involved, whether that be the hip, knee, or shoulder, is affecting them on a day to day basis and stopping them from doing the things they enjoy. That’s when I tell them it’s time for us to have a legitimate discussion about hip, knee, or shoulder replacement. So certainly if you’re experiencing any type of joint pain, whether that be hip, knee, shoulder, certainly contact Mountain Orthopedics at Lakeview Hospital. We’d be happy to take care of you and answer any questions you might have.