Hip

HIP REPLACEMENT

If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. Your hip may be stiff, and it may be hard to put on your shoes and socks. You may even feel uncomfortable while resting.

If medications, changes in your everyday activities, and the use of walking supports do not adequately help your symptoms, you may consider hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can relieve your pain, increase motion, and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.

DIRECT ANTERIOR HIP REPLACEMENT

Dr. Sayeed at South Texas Bone and Joint Institute uses the anterior approach for hip replacement surgery as a way to speed up the recovery process. He successfully used this approach for many patients in the military that flew from overseas to have surgery with him. As opposed to other surgical approaches to hip replacement surgery that cut and reattach muscle tissue, the anterior approach spreads muscle tissue apart to allow surgical access for total hip replacement. By preserving muscle tissue and minimizing the incision, it is thought that the anterior approach can give patients a faster recovery time.

While the anterior approach is relatively new to the U.S., as a leader in hip replacement surgery in the South Texas region, Dr. Sayeed is both skilled and experienced in all hip replacement techniques, including the anterior hip approach.

While Dr. Sayeed offers the anterior approach for many hip replacement surgeries, each patient is unique and may require a different approach or combination of approaches in order to optimize a patient’s lifestyle and fulfill a patient’s individual goals. Dr. Sayeed will work closely with each individual patient to create a treatment plan that is right for them.

TOTAL HIP ARTHROPLASTY

In a total hip replacement (also called total hip arthroplasty), the damaged bone and cartilage is removed and replaced with prosthetic components.

  • The damaged femoral head is removed and replaced with a metal stem that is placed into the hollow center of the femur. The femoral stem may be either cemented or “press fit” into the bone.
  • A metal or ceramic ball is placed on the upper part of the stem. This ball replaces the damaged femoral head that was removed.
  • The damaged cartilage surface of the socket (acetabulum) is removed and replaced with a metal socket. Screws or cement are sometimes used to hold the socket in place.
  • A plastic, ceramic, or metal spacer is inserted between the new ball and the socket to allow for a smooth gliding surface.

Call, visit or email South Texas Bone and Joint Institute in San Antonio at 210-696-BONE (2663) with any questions!