Hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful operations in all of medicine. Since the early 1960s, improvements in joint replacement surgical techniques and technology have greatly increased the effectiveness of total hip replacement. The use of Ortho House products ensures increased safety and efficacy in total hip replacement surgeries.
Ortho House’s total hip replacement is recommended if a patient has damaged hips due to arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions – where common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. As a result, the hip may be stiff, and the patient may find it hard to proceed with their normal daily activities and mundane tasks become challenging. This can also escalate that pain and stiffness experienced while resting.
That is when the quality of life of this patient is reduced and here come Ortho House’s total hip replacement procedures – to alleviate the symptoms and improve their general well-being.
However, it is worth noting that Ortho House’s total hip replacements are last-resort procedures. It becomes a valuable option when medications, changes in everyday activities, and the use of walking supports do not adequately help the symptoms.
Ortho House’s hip replacement surgery is considered a safe and effective procedure. Its main goal is to relieve pain, increase motion, and assist in enjoying normal everyday activities – in patients that non-surgical options are not sufficient anymore.
Anatomy of the Hip
First, let us dive deeper into the anatomy of the hip. The hip is one of the body’s largest joints. It is a ball-and-socket joint. The socket is formed by the acetabulum – a part of the pelvis bone. The ball is the femoral head – the upper end of the femur (thighbone).
The ball and socket are connected by tissues called ligaments creating the hip capsule which provides stability to the joint. The surface of the ball and the socket is covered with a smooth tissue called “articular cartilage”. This tissue cushions the ends of the bones and enables them to move easily.
There is thin tissue called the synovial membrane that surrounds the hip joint. In a healthy hip, this membrane produces a small amount of fluid that lubricates the cartilage and eliminates almost all friction during hip movement.
Common Causes of Hip Pain
The most common cause of chronic hip pain and disability is arthritis. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis are the most common forms of this disease. Ortho House products support hip replacements resulting from the following:
Osteoarthritis or OA is an age-related “wear and tear” type of arthritis. It usually occurs in people 50 years of age and older and often in individuals with a family history of arthritis. It is characterized by the wearing of the cartilage surrounding the bones. As a result, the bones then rub against each other with friction, causing hip pain and stiffness. OA may also be caused or accelerated by subtle irregularities in how the hip developed in childhood.
Rheumatoid arthritis or RA is an immune-mediated disease. RA is an autoimmune condition in which the synovial membrane in the joints becomes chronically inflamed and thickened. This chronic inflammation may lead to cartilage damage which results in pain and stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common type of a group of disorders termed “inflammatory arthritis”.
It is a common type of osteoarthritis that can follow a serious hip injury or fracture; the injury could be from sports, a vehicle accident, a fall, a military injury, or any other source of physical trauma. After such injuries, the cartilage may become damaged and lead to hip pain and stiffness over time.
Osteonecrosis, also known as avascular necrosis, aseptic necrosis, or ischemic bone necrosis, is a disease resulting in the death of bone cells. An injury to the hip, such as a dislocation or fracture, may limit the blood supply to the femoral head. This lack of blood supply often leads to the collapse of the joint surface and subsequent arthritis due to an irregular joint surface.
Some infants and children have hip problems. Even though the problems are successfully treated during childhood, they may still cause arthritis later on in life. This happens because the hip may not grow normally, and the joint surfaces are affected.
Types of Hip Replacement Surgery
Ortho House provides materials for all types of hip replacement surgeries. The three major types of Ortho House’s hip replacement are:
Based on Ortho Houses’s experience, the most common type of hip replacement surgery is called total hip replacement (also called total hip arthroplasty).
In this surgery, using Ortho House’s products:
The other two types of hip replacement surgeries are each generally appropriate for patients of specific age groups and activity levels:
Safety of Ortho House’s Total Hip Replacement Surgery
As Ortho House previously mentioned, hip arthroplasty has been performed for years and surgical techniques are constantly improving. With Otho House products and services, they are considered safe.
However, as with any surgery, there are risks. Since after the surgery movement is restricted at first, blood clots are a particular concern. Qualified surgeons and Ortho House will ensure that patients understand the risk and provide them with the necessary guidelines to ensure their safety.
Ortho House recommends that patients contact their surgeons before the procedure about the following risks: