TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT

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HIP SURGERY IN RICHMOND, VA

Your hips are complex joints that support your whole body, whether you’re standing, sitting or running. Any issue with this essential part of your body can be debilitating. In instances where nonsurgical treatments are impossible or ineffectual, G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine can provide patients with a total hip replacement surgery tailored to their specific needs.

PERSONALIZED TREATMENT FROM DR. GORADIA

Total hip replacements are extremely successful operations for the treatment of arthritis of the hip, and there are many different ways to have it done. When you meet with Dr. Goradia to discuss options, one of the decisions you will make together is the surgical technique our team will employ in your particular case.

TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT PROCESS & RECOVERY

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SURGICAL TECHNIQUES FOR HIP SURGERY

There are several “approaches” to the hip, meaning that there are many ways your surgeon could access the hip itself prior to the replacement. Each method has positive and negative aspects to them, and the decision is based not only on patient preference, but surgeon knowledge and experience, as well as the overall clinical scenario. That’s why so many patients in the Richmond area turn to G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for their surgical needs, putting their care in the hands of a nationally recognized team of experienced professionals who don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to surgical care.

The three most popular approaches to a total hip replacement are as follows:

  • The anterior approach, in which the surgeon accesses the joint from the front of the hip and is considered the least invasive of the methods
  • The lateral approach, in which the surgeon accesses the joint from the side of the hip, often done with tougher surgeries or those that occur after multiple prior surgeries
  • The posterior approach, in which the surgeon accesses the joint from the back through the gluteus maximus (buttock) muscle

No matter which approach you and Dr. Goradia decide on, once the joint has been accessed, the surgeon will remove the damaged joint caused by arthritis and replace it with new components made from metal and plastic. This process occurs while you are under general anesthesia to relax your muscles and allow you to sleep through the surgery without any pain.

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RECOVERING FROM HIP SURGERY

After a hip replacement surgery, you will likely have a short stay in the hospital to begin physical therapy and allow the doctor to keep tabs on your early recovery. Your physical therapist will provide you with techniques and exercises to help minimize pain and improve mobility in your hip.

After surgery, there are a few simple measures you will want to take to keep yourself healthy and pain-free once you return home:

  • Minimize stair climbing
  • Remove clutter or slippery rugs from floors to reduce fall risk
  • Use an elevated toilet seat to avoid bending too far at the hips
  • Sit in firm chairs with a straight, upright back
  • Keep excitable pets prone to jumping away until you have healed completely, and advise young children not to climb or hang on your arms, back or legs
  • Avoid sports or heavy activity until you are fully healed, and even then, speak with your doctor to determine what level of physical activity is safe to resume

HOW G2 ORTHOPEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE CAN HELP

If you think you or someone you know may require a total hip replacement, contact G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine today. If you’ve already spoken with a surgeon and are looking for a second opinion, we can help. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 804-678-9000 to get started.

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