Hip Replacement SurgeryWhen the pain of osteoarthritis or other forms of hip arthritis make it difficult to sleep, walk or navigate stairs — even with medication — it’s time to consider a hip replacement.
Total hip replacement, also known as total hip arthroplasty, is a major surgery that replaces a damaged hip joint with an artificial hip joint prosthesis.
Hackensack Meridian Health board-certified orthopedic surgeons use a variety of methods to perform hip surgeries, including minimally invasive and those guided by a state-of-the-art optical navigation system that provides real-time, intraoperative measurements for fast, easy and accurate implant alignment.
Total hip replacement is one of the most successful surgeries in all of medicine. More than 450,000 of these procedures are performed each year in the United States, including 1490 right here at Hackensack Meridian Health.
We Help You Get Back to Doing the Things You LovePeople who have hip replacement surgery at Hackensack Meridian Health can usually return to normal light activity, including driving, within three to six weeks, and are completely back to normal within 10 to 12 weeks.
What are the Different Types of Hip Replacement Surgeries?Our surgeons perform:
- Anterior hip replacement
- The anterior approach is a highly specialized, less invasive technique that spares muscle and leads to a faster recovery. Rather than cut through muscle, which is necessary in traditional hip surgery, the surgeon works between muscles in the front of the hip, resulting in a more stable hip and less risk of dislocation.
- Total (posterior) hip replacement
- Total hip replacement is the most common type of hip replacement surgery and involves replacing worn-out or damaged sections of both of your hip joints with artificial implants.
- Partial hip replacement
- Also called hemiarthroplasty, partial hip replacement replaces only one side of the hip joint and is a common treatment for older patients with a hip fracture.
- Hip resurfacing
- A common option for younger, active patients, this procedure involves removing damaged bone and adding a protective metal covering to the femoral head — the ball at the top of the thigh bone that fits into the hip socket on the pelvis.
- Revision of a prior hip replacement
- These complicated procedures include repeat revision surgery, management of periprosthetic fractures and two-stage revision procedures for infection.
- Optically guided surgery for total hip replacement
- Our fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeons specialize in the use of a 3D optical navigation tool that helps surgeons precisely place the implant while tracking patient movement and real-time data.
What is Navigation Technology for Hip Replacement?Our orthopedic hip surgeons use a surgeon-controlled optical navigation tool that provides real-time measurements that ensure accurate implant alignment. This decreases the risk of joint dislocation caused by unequal leg length and other complications that require surgical revisions.
The system can also be used to correct prior hip replacements. During a revision total hip replacement, this system helps the surgeon pinpoint the cause of the patient’s hip pain and determine which implants need to be removed or modified.
We Treat These Conditions Associated with Hip Pain
- Chronic hip pain
- Congenital anomalies/birth defects
- Fractures, dislocations and other injuries
- Hip dysplasia
- Hip injuries
- Industrial or workplace accidents
- Pediatric fractures or trauma
- Persistent aching or stiffness
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sports injuries
- Trauma injuries
- Traumatic arthritis
"Before both of my knee replacement surgeries, I could hardly walk, and I'm a very active person. My greatest joy after the robotic surgery was to be able to climb the stairs and go to the choir loft and sing with the choir at my church." -Nancy Heinze, Montvale, N.J.
Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery & Innovation: Cutting-Edge Research for Orthopedic Care
Researchers at the Center for Discovery & Innovation (CDI) are collaborating with our orthopedic surgeons on innovations in orthopedic care and surgical procedures. One promising area of focus is restorative medicine, such as using stem cells to help manage orthopedic disorders.
Our Hip Orthopedic Experts
We have over 40 hip orthopedic experts available throughout New Jersey.