Hip Replacement Iowa Falls and Charles City, IA

Do you suffer from constant hip pain? Is the pain affecting the quality of your life and your ability to perform your daily tasks? Our experienced surgeons at Mason City Clinic are here to help. They may recommend hip replacement surgery to alleviate your pain and help you regain the function of your hip joint.  

What Is Hip Joint Replacement Surgery?

The hip is one of the ball-and-socket joints in the body that allows the leg to move in all directions. The ball at the top of the thigh bone, or femur, is called the femoral head. The socket or acetabulum is part of your pelvis. The ball moves in the socket, allowing you to rotate your leg and move it in all directions. Cartilage covers the ball and socket in a healthy hip to help them glide smoothly. 

If the cartilage gets worn down or damaged, the bones may grind against each other and become rough. This condition, known as osteoarthritis or wear-and-tear arthritis, causes pain and limits mobility. It is the most common reason patients may require hip replacement surgery. 

Hip replacement surgery is a life-changing procedure. It involves replacing your damaged hip joint with an artificial one. The joint replacement or prosthesis mimics the functionality of your natural joint, alleviating your discomfort and enhancing your quality of life. 

What Are the Causes of Hip Joint Damage?

The following are the most common causes of hip joint damage: 

  • Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. When the cartilage breaks down, the bones in the hip joint rub against each other, causing pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is typically caused by an overactive immune system. That can lead to inflammation that slowly erodes cartilage and underlying bone, resulting in deformities and limited mobility.
  • Trauma: Falls can lead to hip joint fracture, requiring immediate hip replacement surgery. Patients with low bone density or osteoporosis are at a higher risk of hip damage due to trauma. 
  • Hip Dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is a condition in which the hip joint is not formed properly. It can lead to pain and joint instability. 
  • Osteonecrosis: Osteonecrosis, also known as avascular necrosis, can occur when there isn’t sufficient blood reaching the ball portion of the hip joint due to dislocation or fracture. That can result in the collapse and deformation of the bone. 
  • Other Causes: Other causes of hip joint damage may include infections, tumors, and metabolic disorders. These can all lead to pain, stiffness, and a loss of range of motion.

Are You a Candidate for a Hip Replacement?

Hip replacement may be your best option if your quality of life suffers from hip pain or lack of mobility and you have already tried other treatments such as medications, joint injections, and physical therapy. It can be a life-changing treatment for those with severe hip pain. However, the best way to determine whether a hip replacement is right for you is to talk to our orthopedic surgeons at Mason City Clinic. They will recommend the best solution to alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life. 

Signs of declining quality of life that may require hip replacement surgery include the following:

  • Pain interfering with sleep
  • Persistent pain despite medication
  • Difficulty performing simple tasks such as walking, standing, getting dressed, or climbing stairs
  • Difficulty getting up from a seated position
  • Inability to participate in activities you enjoy

What Are the Benefits of Having a Hip Replacement?

Hip replacement surgery can provide many benefits, including the following:

  • Pain relief
  • Improved mobility
  • Increased independence
  • Improved quality of life

What Are the Hip Replacement Surgery Options?

There are two main hip replacement surgeries: total and partial. The type of surgery best suited for you will depend on your unique needs and medical condition. 

  • Total hip replacement, also referred to as total hip arthroplasty, is the most common hip replacement surgery performed. It involves replacing the entire hip joint, including the ball and socket. This surgery is typically performed for people with severe arthritis or conditions that damage the hip joint.
  • Partial hip replacement, or hemiarthroplasty, is a less common type of hip replacement surgery. It involves replacing only the ball of the hip joint. This surgery is typically performed on people with a fracture in the femoral head (the ball of the hip joint).

What Is the Hip Replacement Surgery Process?

The hip replacement procedure may differ, depending on your unique needs. Here’s a look at what most patients can expect before, during, and after hip replacement surgery: 

Before Surgery: We will take a complete set of x-rays and run lab tests to prepare you for your hip replacement surgery. The procedure usually takes place under general anesthesia.

During Surgery: Our skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeon will remove the damaged bone tissues and cartilage. Next is replacing the head of the femur and the surface of the socket with new, artificial parts. 

Immediately After Surgery: You will wake up in our state-of-the-art recovery room, where our skilled and experienced team will care for you and manage your pain. A physical therapist will begin your rehabilitation within 24 hours and help you sit up, get out of bed and practice walking using a walker, cane, or crutches. 

After You Are Discharged: Occasionally people may go home the same day, but depending on the type of surgery and your progress you may be discharged anywhere from 1-5 days. We discuss pain management and post-operative care to promote healing. You will require physical therapy for about six to eight weeks. While the complete recovery timeline may vary from person to person, most individuals are able to resume their lives and return to their exercise routine within three months. Improvement typically continues throughout the first year after the surgery. 

Hip Replacement Near Me in Iowa Falls and Charles City, IA

Contact Mason City Clinic today if you’re struggling with mobility or hip pain. Our skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeons will evaluate your unique needs and may recommend hip replacement surgery, if needed, to restore your mobility and quality of life. You can count on our team for top-notch care in a compassionate and caring environment. Call us to schedule your appointment or request one online today. 

We proudly serve patients in Iowa Falls, Charles City, Hampton, Britt, Algona, Forest City, New Hampton, Osage, Buffalo Center, Greene, Lake Mills, Garner, Belmond, Boone, Clarion, Clear Lake, Fort Dodge, Garner, Rockwell, Webster City, and the surrounding communities. 

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