A partial hip replacement where only the head of the femur (the “ball” of the “ball-and-socket” hip joint) is replaced with a prosthesis.
Hip fractures are breaks in the upper quarter of the thigh bone (femur) and are often seen with high-impact trauma directly to the hip in younger adults or from a fall to the hip in the geriatric population or those with medical conditions that can affect the integrity of the bone (i.e. osteoporosis, cancer). There are three types of hip fractures; it is important for your surgeon to determine exactly which type of fracture is present as the treatment is determined by the type of fracture, location, fracture pattern and patient’s medical condition. If the fracture is located close enough to the femoral head (the “ball” of the “ball-and-socket” joint) and the fracture is displaced, adequate blood flow to the femoral head will likely be compromised. Compromised blood flow would leave the cartilage and underlying supporting bone without the vascularity needed to properly heal, leading to avascular necrosis — the systematic dying of bone due to a lack of vascular support. Therefore, a hip hemiarthroplasty may be indicated. This surgical procedure requires an incision to be made on the outside of the upper thigh and the head of the femur is then replaced using a prosthesis. This procedure is done in the hospital and often requires an overnight stay. The main advantage to this type of surgery is the patient is able to move the hip, stand and walk with a physical therapy team shortly after surgery with little to no down time. While a therapist will work with you very early in the recovery process, it is important to note that it could take several months to regain full strength and mobility.
As our patient, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our doctors. We will create an individualized treatment plan together, tailored to your problem and lifestyle. Our doctors prefer non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy and/or injections. If your problem ultimately does require surgery, our doctors prefer the least invasive surgical techniques possible. Our goals are the same as yours: to get you back to living your best life, pain free.