Total Hip Replacement Specialist

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Total Hip Replacement services offered in Porterville, Reedley and Visalia, CA

If hip pain prevents you from staying active or enjoying life to its fullest, the experienced team at Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services in Visalia, Reedley, and Porterville, California, offers highly effective solutions. The orthopaedic surgeons provide total hip replacement using cutting-edge technology and implants. Call the office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

What is a total hip replacement?

Hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which your specialist replaces all of an affected hip joint with strong, long-lasting artificial parts. Doing so restores the structure and function of damaged hip tissues to reduce ongoing pain and help you stay active.

Why might I need a total hip replacement?

Common reasons for a total hip replacement include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hip injuries
  • Severe hip damage
  • Ongoing discomfort
  • Age-related wear

Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services offers additional hip pain treatments, such as injections and physical therapy. However, you may be a candidate for a total hip replacement if conservative options don’t work.

Is a total hip replacement right for me?

The Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services team reviews your lifestyle, medical history, and symptoms to determine whether you are a total hip replacement candidate. 

They check your vital signs and complete a physical exam to assess hip structure, function, and range of motion. The Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services may also order blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures.

How should I prepare for my surgery?

To get ready for total hip replacement, don’t smoke and stop taking certain medications if your surgeon asks you to. Avoid foods and drinks the morning of surgery and arrange for a family member or friend to drive you home. You might stay overnight in the surgery center, so ask your specialist if you should prepare for this.

What happens during a total hip replacement?

After you change into a hospital gown, you receive anesthesia to numb the treatment area and make you fall asleep. Your surgeon makes tiny incisions to remove your hip joint. They replace the hip using artificial parts and close the incisions. A typical total hip replacement surgery takes a few hours, but every patient is different.

What should I expect after total hip replacement?

It’s important to follow your provider’s instructions after undergoing a total hip replacement. You may go home the same day. 

Once home, rest your hip joint, ice the treatment area, and take medications as directed. Increase physical activity gradually as directed by your surgeon. You can expect to walk with crutches until your hip begins to heal.

Your provider might recommend wearing compression stockings or taking blood-thinning medications to prevent blood clots. Complete physical therapy sessions and follow-up appointments with the Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services to ensure your hip heals properly. 

Complete healing could take 6-12 months, and your provider may ask you to avoid some high-impact activities indefinitely.

To learn more about total hip replacement and find out if it’s right for you, call the Sequoia Institute for Surgical Services office or schedule an appointment online today.