Types of Hip Surgery

Types of Hip Surgery

If you are suffering with hip pain and finding every day activities are becoming increasingly difficult, you should consider hip surgery. Surgery can help to improve mobility, relieve pain, and enhance your overall quality of life if other non-surgical treatments have failed to improve your condition.

Hip Pain

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint consisting of the femoral head (the ball) located at the top of the femur (thigh bone) and the acetabulum (the socket) located in the pelvis. The hip joint is protected by cartilage (a tough, smooth lining that helps absorb shock and reduces friction when walking).

Hip pain can occur for different reasons, but it is often caused when the cartilage gets worn down or damaged, meaning the rough surfaces of the bones rub against each other, resulting in pain and inflammation. This can happen as a result of an injury, such a fall, or a bone growth disorder. It can also develop as a result of arthritic damage to the hip.

Hip pain can make simple tasks like getting dressed or getting up from a chair challenging. While some symptoms may be alleviated with medications, physical therapy, other modalities, and lifestyle adjustments, surgical treatment may be necessary when other treatments do not get you the results you want.

Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery may be appropriate if the hip joint is severely damaged or for people with joint pain that has not improved through other treatments. There are two types of hip replacement surgery:

A total hip replacement (known as a hip arthroplasty) is a procedure in which the damaged joint, bone, and cartilage are removed and replaced with prosthetic (artificial) components.

A partial hip replacement (known as a hemiarthroplasty) involves replacing the femoral head only and not the acetabulum. This procedure is more common in older patients suffering from a hip fracture and is an option when the acetabulum is healthy.

Joint Reconstruction

Joint reconstruction may help to improve the function of the hip without the need for a replacement of parts. Techniques include:


Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to see, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint. Surgery is guided by a miniature viewing device or scope. It is most commonly used to treat diseases and injuries that damage the bones, cartilage, tendons, muscles and ligaments. Arthroscopic surgery can be used to repair damage and to remove inflamed tissue or fragments of loose bone or cartilage within the hip joint.

Joint resurfacing replaces the hip socket with an artificial cup and involves reshaping and capping the damaged hip ball with prosthetic components. 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 involves removing the diseased, inflamed, or damaged joint lining (synovium) in the hip joint. It is often used to treat patients with inflammatory arthritis and limited cartilage damage and can help relieve pain and improve hip function significantly.

An osteotomy involves removing, adding, or realigning bones in a joint. This can help to shift weight away from a damaged area. This type of surgery can be used to stop damage from getting worse and delay the need for joint replacement surgery.

Hip Surgery At Movement Orthopedics in Clinton Township, Michigan

If you are suffering from hip pain, talk to the experienced staff at Movement Orthopedics. We offer comprehensive services, including minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, which allows for a faster recovery and fewer restrictions on movement after surgery. We utilize the best techniques for treating musculoskeletal and joint dysfunction and offer many joint replacement procedures on an outpatient basis.

For more information about the different treatment options available or to find out if you are a candidate for same-day joint replacement surgery, call us at (586) 436-3785 or request an appointment.

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