In a total hip replacement (also called total hip arthroplasty), the damaged bone and cartilage is removed and replaced with prosthetic components. The new hip joint is intended to provide a smooth, low-friction condition in which pain and stiffness is relieved and function restored.
The team uses a special care plan specifically for joint-replacement patients. Every aspect of a patient’s care from pre-admission and surgery to inpatient recovery and outpatient rehabilitation is carefully planned and coordinated to ensure the best patient outcomes. Education and preparation before surgery will help set expectations and prepare for a smooth discharge and back to a normal routine.
Contininuum of care
The Joint Replacement Team use a special care plan specifically for joint-replacement patients. Every aspect of a patient’s care from pre-admission and surgery to impatient recovery and outpatient rehabilitation is carefully planned and coordinated to ensure the best patient outcome.
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Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
Medical Center, Orthopedic Clinic, 2nd floor ESSB
Kirsten Golden, clinic manager 360.385.2200 ext. 3688
Port Ludlow Tuesday mornings (Varies depending on call and surgery schedules)
About the hip joint
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint and is a large, mobile yet stable joint. The socket is formed by the acetabulum, which is part of the large pelvis bone. The ball is the femoral heard, which is the upper end of the femur (thighbone).
The bone surfaces of the ball and socket are covered with articular cartilage, a smooth tissue that cushions the ends of the bones and enables them to move easily.
A thin tissue called synovial membrane surrounds the hip joint. In a healthy hip, this membrane makes a small amount of fluid that lubricates the cartilage and eliminates almost all friction during hip movement.
Bands of tissue called ligaments (the hip capsule) connect the ball to the socket and provide stability to the joint.
Common reasons for replacement
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.
Symptoms may include:
- Stiffness, particularly in the morning or after a period of increased activity
- Inability to more a joint normally or walk a reasonable distance
- Recurring pain or tenderness
- Difficulties with activities of daily living that require bending of your hip such as outing on your shoes and socks
- Pain in the groin or deep in the hip
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