Your orthopedic surgeon may ask you to get a complete physical exam before the surgical procedure if you decide to have a hip replacement surgery performed. This is required for assessing your overall health and whether you can successfully complete the recovery process.
Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI), led by board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan, provides orthopedic surgery to patients in Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding locations.
Hip Replacement Orthopedic Evaluation
There are several components to having an evaluation with an orthopedic surgeon:
- Medical history: Your orthopedic surgeon will gather necessary information regarding your general health. They will ask questions regarding the extent of hip pain and how it compromises your ability to perform daily activities.
- Physical exam: This will assess hip strength, mobility, and alignment.
- X-rays: X-ray images helps in determining the extent of deformity and damage in your hips.
- Other tests: MRI scans and other tests may be required for determining the condition of soft tissues and bone of the hips.
You may be admitted to the hospital on the day of the surgical procedure. Or, you may be asked to go home the same day. You should discuss this with your surgeon before the operation.
Type of Anesthesia
A member of the anesthesia team will evaluate you on arrival at the surgery center. General anesthesia (you will be under sleep) and epidural, spinal, or regional nerve block anesthesia (your body is numb from waist down, but you are awake) are common types of anesthesia.
Components of Implant
There are several different types of materials and designs used in artificial hip joints. Two basic components include:
- Socket component: This is a durable cup made of metal, ceramic, or plastic that may have an outer metal shell
- Ball component: This is made of highly polished ceramic or strong metal
Prosthetic components are usually ‘press fit’ into the bone. This allows he bone to grow around the components. Or, it may be cemented using bone cement. Several factors determine which approach to use. Your surgeon may also use a combination of non-cemented socket and cemented stem. The orthopedic surgeon will understand your expectations and concerns to determine the best type of prosthesis that meets your needs.
Actual Surgical Procedure
The actual surgical procedure doesn’t usually take more than 1 – 2 hours. The orthopedic surgeon will remove the damaged bone and cartilage and position the new plastic, metal, or ceramic implants for restoring the function and alignment of the hips.
You will be moved into the recovery room following the surgery where you will be kept for several hours. You will be monitored while you recover from the effects of anesthesia. You will be discharged or taken to a hospital room after you wake up.
The success of the hip replacement surgery will largely depend on whether you follow the orthopedic surgeon’s instructions regarding care in the initial few weeks. Board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tigran Garabekyan of the Southern California Hip Institute (SCHI) receives patients from Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for orthopedic surgery.
Contact the Southern California Hip Institute
Dr. Tigran Garabekyan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip preservation. To learn more about Southern California Hip Institute or to schedule a consultation, click here to contact us or call:
Century City / Los Angeles: 310.595.1030
Serving patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Century City, West Hollywood, North Hollywood Encino, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Burbank, Glendale and other neighboring cities in the greater Los Angeles, California area.
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