Hip Resurfacing in Seattle, WA
Maintaining an active lifestyle can be difficult when hip pain interferes with the majority of daily activities. The most common cause of hip pain is osteoarthritis, also known as wear-and-tear arthritis. The hip is one of the main weight bearing joints in the body, and any damage to the joint's components can cause severe pain symptoms during even basic movement, such as walking. For patients experiencing severe pain symptoms or noticeable decrease in activity level, Dr. Pritchett will often recommend either total hip replacement or hip resurfacing.
How Hip Resurfacing Differs from Total Hip Replacement
Hip resurfacing is a surgical procedure that involves reshaping and covering the head of the thighbone with a metal cap. The procedure also includes the placement of a new surface in the socket. In comparison, total hip replacement involves the complete removal of the top of the thighbone, as well as placement of an artificial hip socket.
Dr. Pritchett will often use state of the art surgical techniques, such as robotic assisted surgery, during some hip procedures.
Patients under the age of 65, those who actively participate in athletic activities, and those who have good bone quality, often benefit most from hip resurfacing. Men and women can both benefit from hip resurfacing; however, women suffering from osteoporosis will often benefit more from other treatments, such as total hip replacement.
Based on a comprehensive evaluation of the joint damage, Dr. Pritchett will determine the best treatment option to help each patient return to their daily activities as soon as possible.
Potential Benefits of Hip Resurfacing
Hip resurfacing techniques allow Dr. Pritchett to preserve as much of the bone of the joint as possible, by reshaping (instead of removing) the joint components. The benefits of hip resurfacing compared to traditional total hip replacement include:
- A more natural fit of the joint components post-op
- Reduced risk of dislocation due to a more natural size implant
- Greater range of motion, stability, strength, and a more natural walking pattern post-op
- Quicker return to an active lifestyle
To ensure a proper post surgery recovery, patients will typically be required to stay at the hospital for just a day or two. Patients are able to start putting weight on their leg right away, but will often require the assistance of crutches or a cane for a week or so as they regain their balance.
Dr. Pritchett will create a custom schedule on how to gradually incorporate flexibility and strength exercises into daily activity. Both at-home and formal physical therapy will be required to make sure that the joint heals properly.
Hip Resurfacing in Seattle, WA
Dedicated to using the most advanced techniques, James W. Pritchett, MD is one of Seattle's leading orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Pritchett specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of hip pain, including hip resurfacing. To learn more about the benefits of hip resurfacing, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pritchett at his Seattle office (206) 323-1900.
Last Modified: July 30, 2014