Direct Anterior Hip Replacement Specialist

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Sander Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine located in Weslaco, TX & Harlingen, TX

If finding long-term relief from chronic hip pain seems impossible, hip replacement surgery may be right for you. At Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Weslaco, Texas, Michael Sander, MD, offers effective hip replacement surgery options to relieve your pain and improve the overall performance of your joint. Dr. Sander and his team offer both full and partial hip replacement surgeries to treat hip pain stemming from injuries or degenerative disease. Learn more about hip replacement surgery options by calling the office or using the convenient online booking feature.

Direct Anterior Hip Replacement Q & A

Why do I need hip replacement surgery?

If you suffer from chronic pain and limited mobility due to disease or injury, the Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team may recommend a direct anterior hip replacement surgery. Your hip joint may be damaged by conditions like:

  • Osteoarthritis: Damages the cartilage that helps the joints move smoothly
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Causes inflammation that damages and deforms the joints
  • Osteonecrosis: A lack of blood flow to the ball of the joints that results in the collapse of the bone

The team may recommend replacement surgery if your pain is persistent and not effectively treatable with medications or physical therapy. You may also be a good candidate for a hip replacement if you have difficulty walking or standing due to limited range of motion in your hips.

What can I expect during hip replacement surgery?

After the team evaluates your hip using a physical exam and X-rays, they may recommend either a partial or total replacement of your hip joint. Using minimally invasive surgical techniques, they make an incision over the front or back of your hip joint and remove the damaged or diseased parts of the joint. In a total replacement, they implant an artificial ball and socket into the remaining healthy bone.

Surgery requires general anesthesia. Following the procedure, you recover from anesthesia for a period of time before going home. To prevent surgical complications, such as blood clots, the Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team may recommend walking with assistance soon after surgery.

How long does it take to recover from hip replacement surgery?

At your initial consultation, the team can discuss how long you will need for recovery. The timeline depends on your overall health and the type of procedure the team performs.

In addition to walking soon after surgery, the team may recommend starting physical therapy to strengthen your muscles and help your hip heal effectively. They may also suggest limiting activities, such as strenuous exercises and heavy lifting, during your recovery.

The Sander Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team creates a custom treatment plan to address your recovery needs and schedules follow-up visits to monitor your progress. Typically, you can expect to return to your normal activities within 3-4 months after surgery.

With a new hip joint, you should experience a significant reduction in pain and, with therapy, have increased functionality and range of motion in your hip.

Learn more about the benefits of hip replacement surgery by calling the Weslaco office or using the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.