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Have you been suffering from nagging, chronic hip pain? Have you tried conservative treatments that haven’t worked? If so, it’s time to consider a hip replacement.

Hip replacement surgery can seem scary. But the more you know about the procedure, the less anxiety you’ll feel.

Dr. Thomas F. Calton and his team at Utah Orthopedics want you to know all about hip replacements, so you can decide if the surgery is right for you.

What is hip replacement surgery?

During hip replacement surgery, Dr. Calton removes damaged sections of bone and tissue in your hip joint and replaces them with an artificial joint or prosthesis. The joint or prosthesis is made of either metal, ceramic, or hard plastic, and sometimes a mix of all three.

Before surgery, you have a consultation with Dr. Calton, who orders blood tests, X-rays, or an MRI. You discuss surgery risks and your postsurgical care plan.

Surgery is performed under general anesthesia, so you feel no pain. Dr. Calton makes an incision and removes damaged bone and cartilage. They insert a prosthesis consisting of a stem that fits into your thigh bone, the ball joint, and a cup that fits into your hip socket.

When the surgery is completed, you’re taken to the recovery area. You might stay in the hospital for a few days after surgery so we can observe your progress and stay on top of pain management. During your hospital stay, a physical therapist meets with you to start mild exercises that promote healing and movement.

Whether you go home or to a rehabilitation facility, you can expect some discomfort. Walking and physical therapy can help you get back on your feet quickly. Full recovery can take from six weeks up to several months.

Do you need a hip replacement?

Arthritis, which breaks down the hip, is the most common reason people may need hip replacement surgery. Another reason for the surgery is a hip fracture or dislocation that damaged your joint.

Hip replacement surgery is a good choice when conservative treatments, like medications, hip injections, and physical therapy, have failed.

When hip pain prevents you from sleeping, walking up stairs, or rising from a seated position, it’s time to consider hip replacement surgery.

Risks of hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery, like all surgeries, comes with some risk. Blood clots are the most serious possible complication. Our team guards against clots by recommending thigh-length compression stockings and blood thinners.

Postsurgical complications to watch for include swelling and redness at the incision site, a fever, or fluid draining from the incision, which may signal an infection. You should also let us know if you experience worsening hip pain. However, most of our patients do well with their new hips.

If you suffer from chronic hip pain, schedule a consultation at Utah Orthopedics to discuss how a hip replacement will help you. Call our office in Ogden, Utah at (801) 758-0206 to book an appointment.

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