If you suffer from hip pain as the result of osteoarthritis or another degenerative condition, you may be a good candidate for hip surgery. At OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in Tampa, Florida, Dr. G. Jason Hunt offers innovative minimally invasive surgeries to reconstruct or replace your hip joint and provide long-term pain relief. Learn more about available surgical options for hip damage or disease by calling the Tampa office directly or using the online booking feature.
A number of medical conditions can affect the health of your hip. Over time, disease or injury can break down the hip joint, leaving you with chronic pain and difficulty walking, or even sitting.
Hip surgery can provide long-term relief from pain resulting from issues like:
You may also need surgery if your hip pain results from dysplasia, a condition where your hip socket doesn’t completely cover the ball in your upper thigh bone, causing frequent dislocation.
You may be a good candidate for hip replacement surgery if your hip joint is causing you chronic pain and limiting your mobility due to injury or disease.
Dr. Hunt can evaluate your condition to determine if hip replacement surgery is right for you. He may recommend this type of surgery to:
Dr. Hunt may initially recommend nonsurgical therapies to improve the range of motion in your hip and reduce your pain. He may suggest prescription medications or physical therapy before considering surgery.
Generally, Dr. Hunt uses minimally invasive surgical techniques to replace the damaged hip joint with an artificial one. This type of surgery requires only tiny incisions for Dr. Hunt to access the treatment area.
To ensure you’re comfortable during the procedure, Dr. Hunt administers general anesthesia. He performs the surgery using specialized surgical tools to take out the affected joint and place the new one.
Following your surgery, you’ll be allowed to recover and later will move into a hospital room for a few days for observation. Dr. Hunt may start you on gentle exercises and periods of walking soon after surgery to help your recovery.
Because minimally invasive surgery requires small incisions, it’s less traumatic on your body. As a result, you can expect to heal faster than you might with traditional open surgery.
You still need several weeks to recover fully from the procedure. Dr. Hunt provides complete aftercare instructions and can discuss how long you should expect to be off from work after surgery. He may prescribe medications to keep you comfortable, and you can expect to begin work with a physical therapist as soon as you’re able to strengthen the muscles around your hips.
Learn more about the hip surgery options at OrthoLinks Orthopedics and Rehabilitation by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.