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Total Hip Replacement

Total Hip Replacement Surgeon in Towson, Baltimore, Cockeysville, MD

Joint conditions such as arthritis may cause damage to the cartilage and bones leading to chronic pain in the hip and/or disability.  The condition can be treated by replacing the damaged parts with artificial components. Jack Steele, M.D. provides expert diagnosis and hip replacement surgery in Towson, Baltimore, Cockeysville, MD. Jack Steele, M.D. also provides the highly specialized care during and after the surgery. Contact Dr. Jack Steel’s office for an appointment today!

What is Total Hip Replacement?

Total hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the damaged cartilage and bone are removed from the hip joint and replaced with artificial components. The main indication for total hip replacement is arthritis.

Arthritis is the inflammation of joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness and limited movement. Hip arthritis is a common cause of chronic hip pain and disability.

Symptoms of Arthritis

The most common symptom of hip arthritis is joint pain and stiffness, resulting in a limited range of motion. Vigorous activity can increase pain and stiffness, which may cause limping while walking.

Diagnosis of Arthritis

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Diagnosis is made by evaluating your medical history, performing a physical examination and taking X-rays of the arthritic joint.

Total Hip Replacement Procedure

Surgery may be recommended if conservative treatment options such as anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy do not relieve your symptoms.

The surgery is performed under spinal or general anesthesia. During the procedure, a surgical cut is made over the hip to expose the hip joint and the femur is dislocated from the acetabulum. The surface of the socket is cleaned and the damaged or arthritic bone removed using a reamer. The acetabular component is inserted and fixed into the socket. A plastic liner is locked into the acetabular component.

The femur or thighbone is then prepared by removing the arthritic bone using special instruments to exactly fit the new metal femoral component. The femoral component is then inserted to the femur either by a press fit or using bone cement. Then the ceramic femoral head component is placed onto the femoral stem. All the new parts are secured in place using special cement. The muscles and tendons around the new joint are repaired and the incision is closed.

Postoperative Care following Total Hip Replacement

After undergoing hip replacement you will use assistive devices to offload stress from the hip as you recover. Dr. Steele and his team will make you aware of any restrictions. In general, restrictions are more limited than in the past but patients should be mindful to protect the hip while it is healing from surgery.

Risks and Complications of Total Hip Replacement

As with any major surgical procedure, there are certain potential risks and complications involved with total hip replacement surgery. The possible complications after total hip replacement may include:

  • Infection
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture of the femur or pelvis
  • Injury to nerves or blood vessels
  • Formation of blood clots in the leg veins
  • Leg length inequality
  • Wearing out of the hip prosthesis
  • Failure to relieve pain
  • Scar formation
  • Pressure sores

If you would like to have additional information on the treatment of hip arthritis or would like to learn more about total hip replacement, please contact Jack Steele, M.D., serving the communities of Towson, Baltimore, Cockeysville, MD.

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8322 Bellona Avenue
Towson, MD 21204

Practice Hours : Monday to Friday - 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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