Treatment for joint pain may include activity modification, weight loss, strength training, oral anti-inflammatory medications, or cortisone injections. However, joint replacement surgery may also be considered for more severe osteoarthritis or joint deterioration.
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Hip replacement surgery replaces the worn out ball and socket joint of the hip with a metal stem/ball and socket, in order to relieve the pain associated with arthritis of the hip. Components are fixed to your body with bone in-growth or cement fixation. The type of fixation is determined by your bone quality, activity level, and weight.
Currently, hip replacement surgery is an inpatient procedure,
requiring a hospital stay of one to two days. Most of our patients go
home the day after surgery. Surgeons perform hip replacement in
approximately 60 minutes. The surgery is done through an incision, which
is as small as possible, but large enough to allow adequate
visualization for the procedure. A walker or crutches are used for
approximately one to two weeks, and then a cane for another one to two
weeks. There are various surgical approaches to hip replacement, as well
as several options regarding implants and methods of fixation. Your
surgeon will recommend your best options and review them with you.
POA's world-class surgical staff performs joint replacement, including hip replacement and knee replacement surgery, at Valley Medical Center, which is located next to our Renton clinic. The Joint Center at Valley Medical Center is a recognized leader in developing and implementing top techniques and technology for joint replacement. Take a look at this graph outlining the number of joint replacements we've performed since 2003.High volume centers for total joint replacement (which our Joint Center is) have been shown to have better hip and knee outcomes. See this link for the clinical evidence.
As the first dedicated joint replacement center in the greater Seattle area, the Joint Center has received numerous awards including a #1 ranking in Washington state for joint replacement surgery. Through the use of pre- and post-operative education, standardized treatment protocols, multi-modal pain management, and specialized nursing care, The Joint Center provides Renton, Covington, and greater Seattle with a comprehensive, patient and family focused experience.
- Education: Osteoarthritis and Total Knee Replacement
Preparing for Surgery
- Recovering from Surgery
Frequently Asked Questions
Mepilex Dressing and Dermabond Prineo (Surgical Glue)
Prevena Incision Management System
Ice and Compression Machines
- Prescription Opioids for Surgical Pain
Hip & Knee Replacement
Timothy B. Alton, M.D.
Trauma and Fracture Surgery
Fredrick S. Huang, M.D.
Hip and Knee Replacement
Board Certified in Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Andrew L. Merritt, M.D.