Patients who have unmanageable hip pain may need hip reconstruction or hip replacement surgery to help them move freely again.
UT Southwestern Medical Center specializes in hip reconstruction and hip replacement surgery (hip arthroplasty) stemming from hip problems such as hip arthritis, hip fracture, or osteonecrosis, a condition that occurs when there is inadequate blood supply to the ball of the hip joint.
In a total hip replacement surgery, a surgeon replaces cartilage that has deteriorated beyond repair with an artificial joint (implant) that the doctor selects to best meet the patient’s needs.
Successful total hip replacement has been linked to the experience of the surgeon and the volume of the procedures he or she has performed. Surgeons at UT Southwestern perform a high volume of hip replacement surgeries, which translates into positive outcomes and low complication rates for our patients.
UT Southwestern’s orthopaedic surgeons have helped set national quality standards regarding how joint replacement procedures should be performed. We are also among a small number of North Texas surgeons skilled at arthroscopic hip replacement, a minimally invasive procedure that requires smaller incisions and reduces recovery time for patients.
Our surgeons stay up to date on the latest hip replacement techniques, including anterior hip replacement.
If you have hip pain or immobility that interferes with everyday activities, you may want to see a doctor.
Although conservative measures like medication and physical therapy are typically offered first, if those fail, you may be a candidate for hip replacement surgery.
Total hip replacement is a major surgery, so our doctors will closely monitor your case to determine the best course of treatment.
We will talk with you about your medical history, conduct a thorough physical examination to evaluate the strength and mobility of your hip, and use diagnostic tests such as X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to view the extent of the deformity or damage.
Our surgeons typically use a small-incision (anterior) approach to total hip replacement, making a small incision in the front of the body and inserting the hip prosthesis by going between the hip muscles that hold the joint in place. Anterior hip replacement is often less painful for the patient and results in quicker recovery and rehabilitation.
Following surgery, our team of nurses, social workers, and therapists works closely with our surgeons to provide patients with a viable and successful rehabilitation. We offer patients rehabilitation therapy, medications, exercise, and nutritional advice. This coordinated approach maximizes efforts to regain motion for long-term recovery.
To schedule an appointment with a sports medicine specialist at UT Southwestern or to learn more about our services, please fill out the Appointment Request form or call 214-645-8300.