As a procedure that is performed over 300,000 times annually, total hip replacement is considered one of the most successful and cost-effective medical procedures available. It offers almost total relief to patients suffering from a number of orthopaedic conditions, including osteoarthritis, which is one of the most debilitating diseases in existence.
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Conditions and symptoms leading to total hip replacement
The fortunate aspect of hip replacement surgery is it’s never too late. Regardless of the stage of symptoms or conditions, hip replacement surgery is a highly effective means of handling any degenerative condition of the hip joint. While patients are not encouraged to wait before handle the debilitating effects that could necessitate a hip replacement, they should know that no matter how bad the situation, Northern Virgina orthopedic surgeon Dr. Goyal can provide relief.
There are several conditions that could prompt a hip replacement, such as:
This degenerative condition in the joint and underlying bone can cause pain and stiffness.
In severe cases of a broken hip, the procedure of choice may be a total hip replacement.
This condition is present when there is insufficient supply of blood to the femoral head portion of the hip.
An inflammatory disease, rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by painful immobility.
Occasionally the formation of a neoplastic growth may be found in bone tissue.
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Are You a Candidate for Hip Replacement Surgery?
While patients may not be aware of the exact condition present, they can certainly be aware of the symptoms. If patients experience the following symptoms, it is important to receive an immediate examination to evaluate the cause.
- Persistent pain, despite the use of pain medication
- Pain that results in loss of sleep
- Difficulty standing from a seated position
- Inability to participate in any mobile activity due to pain
- Pain that is made worse by walking, even with support
- Difficulty with stairs
Should any of these symptoms be present, please contact the office of Dr. Nitin Goyal. Any of our representatives will be happy to answer any questions or concerns, or help you set an appointment to come in. Dr. Goyal delivers among the best total hip replacement Washington DC and Northern Virginia have available, and will be happy to help with whatever ailment you’re experiencing.
Total hip replacement procedure
Your total hip replacement begins with a consultation and examination. Dr. Goyal will thoroughly examine all circumstances to discover which approach will best be used. After a full discussion and mutual understanding, you and Dr. Goyal will reach an agreed-upon conclusion regarding how the surgery will go.
When it comes time for the surgery, the first step is an incision. This will be made according to your chosen optimum approach; the two most common are posterior and anterior. The posterior approach incorporates an incision made near the buttocks, while the anterior approach uses an incision made towards the front of the thigh.
Once the initial incision is made, your hip joint is accessed through a number of tissues and muscles. He first attacks the joint socket, removing all damaged and diseased cartilage using a tool called a reamer. This process leaves underlying healthy bone intact. He then implants a prosthetic socket, which will be the new friction-bearing surface in the pelvis.
Next, Dr. Goyal addresses the ball at the top of your femur. The natural ball is removed, and a prosthetic ball is implanted, using a stem that fits into the top of your femur. This ball is designed to fit seamlessly into the prosthetic socket and glide just as smoothly as a natural, healthy hip joint.
Total hip replacement recovery
There are several components to a healthy, rapid recovery following total hip replacement in Dr. Goyal's North Virginian office. Each of these should be addressed regularly so as to ensure the best possible outcome.
- Physical therapy, which will initially be administered by a rehabilitation specialist. Physical therapy exercises can be continued on your own once you are released from the hospital.
- Incision care, as this is the portion of your surgery that is exposed to the elements. Dr. Goyal will educate you on proper incision care for the best possible recovery.
- Physical activity, which is important even after physical therapy is concluded. Your body will need to adapt to your new prosthetic over time, so continued motion is an important factor.
- Follow-up appointments will be scheduled with Dr. Goyal. This will allow him to monitor the new hip and ensure that everything is in peak condition.
As a leader in complex joint replacement, Dr. Goyal has performed innumerable total hip replacements in Washington, DC with effective, long-lasting results. He has dedicated his career to focus solely on hip and knee replacement, which gives him a distinct advantage over general surgeons. If you are looking for the best total hip replacement Washington, DC and Northern Virginia have available, give our office a call to find out more.
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