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how long is hip replacement surgery

How long does hip replacement surgery take?

How long does hip replacement surgery take? 1000 667 Dan Lieberman

The hip joint is a structure that’s commonly affected by osteoarthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 25% of Americans are at risk of developing hip arthritis during their lifetime. In order to treat hip osteoarthritis, many patients are turning to hip replacement surgery. However, there are several things you should know about this procedure before having it. These things include what’s involved in the procedure and how long hip replacement surgery typically takes. 

What are the basic steps of hip replacement surgery? 

There are several methods of hip replacement surgery out there, but anterior hip replacement is a method that’s grown in popularity over the past few years. Anterior hip replacement surgery is minimally invasive, and it involves several basic steps. 

First, an incision is made at the front of the hip joint. This allows the surgeon to gently move muscles and other soft tissue aside rather than cutting them to access the hip joint. Next, the damaged femur ball is removed and replaced with an artificial ball implant. 

Then, the hip socket is prepared for the artificial socket implant, and the implant is pressed into place. A plastic liner is then inserted into the artificial socket to provide a low-friction surface between the socket and femur implants. Finally, the ball implant is placed in the artificial socket and the incision is closed. 

How long does anterior hip replacement surgery take?

Thanks to the minimally invasive techniques used, anterior hip replacement surgeries often don’t take as long as other hip surgery options. The entire procedure often takes about two to three hours to complete. Also, it may take approximately two hours for you to recover completely from the anesthetic used during the procedure. 

This method of hip replacement may also help you hit recovery milestones more quickly. For instance, many patients are able to walk short distances with a walker just hours after their surgery. In addition, most anterior hip replacement are done on an outpatient basis, and this means you should be able to return home the same day. 

Find minimally invasive anterior hip replacement at Phoenix Spine & Joint

At Phoenix Spine & Joint, our team knows that not every surgeon is experienced with minimally invasive anterior hip replacement. For this reason, you may want to come to us for a second opinion if your surgeon is recommending other methods of hip replacement. Our procedures have successfully treated thousands of patients, and they’re designed to offer benefits such as: 

  • Reduced post-surgical pain
  • Shorter recovery times
  • Lower chance of post-surgical dislocation
  • Less blood loss

Our team also offers peace of mind in the form of our 99% patient satisfaction rating and our nearly 0% post-surgical infection rate.

Contact one of our care specialists today for more information or to schedule a free second opinion.