When Is Hip Surgery Necessary?

When Is Hip Surgery Necessary

If you have a damaged hip joint, you may find normal everyday activities are increasingly difficult to do. Simple tasks like getting dressed or moving out of a chair can become challenging. Hip pain is often caused by the cartilage that protects the hip joint gets worn down or damaged. This can happen as a result of an injury, such as a fall, or a bone growth disorder. It is most common because of arthritis.


Arthritis is a progressive disease, meaning it often gets worse with time. It causes joint pain, stiffness, immobility, and swelling. While there are many different types of arthritis, the most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis commonly affects joints like the knee and hip joints and can cause the joint cartilage to wear away.

The cartilage acts as a smooth lining to help the femoral head (ball) and the acetabulum (socket) glide together smoothly. If the cartilage gets damaged, it can cause the hip joint to become stiff and inflamed. Without the protection of the cartilage, the rough surfaces of the bones rub together and can result in pain and restricted mobility. Further, as the condition worsens, the bones located in the joint can get damaged, sometimes beyond repair. This is why arthritis is a very common reason why many patients get hip surgery.

Types of Hip Surgery

If you have exhausted nonsurgical treatments for hip pain, hip surgery may be the solution. Surgery can help to improve mobility, relieve pain, enhance your quality of life, and help you return to a normal lifestyle with fewer or no restrictions.

Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery may be appropriate if the hip joint is severely damaged or for people with acute joint pain who have not been helped by other treatments. Minimally invasive methods can be used for some hip joint replacement surgeries. Less invasive procedures use smaller incisions, cause less trauma to nearby tissues and muscles, pose less risk of infection, and offer shorter recovery periods than traditional surgery. There are two types of hip replacement surgery:

  • A total hip replacement, also known as hip arthroplasty, is a procedure where the entire hip joint is removed and replaced with prosthetic (artificial) components.
  • A partial hip replacement, also known as a hemiarthroplasty, involves replacing only parts of the hip joint (either the femoral head or the acetabulum). This procedure is more common in older patients suffering from a hip fracture and is an option when the acetabulum is healthy but the femoral head is damaged.

Joint Revision Surgery

Joint revision surgery is done to remove a failed, infected, or worn-out implant which is then replaced with a new one. Implants can typically last 15-20 years. Patients who get them at a young age may need a revision to improve mobility, strength, and coordination and to relieve pain.

Joint Resurfacing

This procedure involves replacing the hip socket with an artificial cup and reshaping and capping the damaged hip ball with a prosthetic ball. This type of surgery is recommended for patients younger than 60, athletes, and those with physically demanding jobs. It can help to relieve pain, improve function, and conserve the thigh bone, making any future hip surgery more effective and easier.

A Synovectomy

This procedure involves removing the diseased, inflamed or damaged the joint lining (synovium). It is often used to treat people with inflammatory arthritis and limited cartilage damage and can help relieve pain and improve hip function.

Hip Surgery At Movement Orthopedics in Macomb County

If you are suffering from hip pain, call the specialists at Movement Orthopedics for more information about the different treatment options available. We are a leading orthopedic and sports medicine practice serving Macomb County and the surrounding communities.

We offer comprehensive services, including minimally invasive hip replacement surgery. We utilize the best techniques for treating musculoskeletal and joint dysfunction.

Contact Movement Orthopedics for more information about hip surgery and for any other orthopedic concerns you may have. Call us at (586) 436-3785 or fill out our appointment request form online. We look forward to serving you.


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