Hip Replacement Specialist

Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Physicians & Pulmonologist located in Metairie, LA

Modern hip replacement surgeries can help you get back to your normal activities quickly, helping you stay healthy and active. William Sherman, MD, and the skilled team at the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine perform minimally invasive hip replacement surgeries to relieve pain and improve the lives of their patients. You can book your hip replacement evaluation at their office in Metairie, Louisiana, by calling the office or booking online today.

Hip Replacement Q&A

Why do I need a hip replacement?

A total or partial hip replacement, also called hip arthroplasty, involves replacing your hip joint with a prosthesis. You might need a hip replacement if:

  • Conservative treatments haven’t provided relief
  • Your hip pain continues to get worse
  • Your hip condition lowers your quality of life
  • You have significant hip damage, possibly from arthritis

At Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine, the team, and Dr. Sherman in particular, specialize in performing hip replacements for chronic and degenerative issues. Dr. Sherman is a Brigham fellowship-trained joint replacement specialist, so you know you're in the best of hands should you require joint replacement surgery.

What happens during a hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement surgery can usually be performed using minimally invasive measures rather than a traditional open procedure. While you’re under general anesthesia, your provider will make several small incisions, using specialized surgical tools to cut and remove damaged bone as well as some of the surrounding soft tissues.

The next step involves placing a metal stem into the hollow part of your femur (thigh bone). Your provider then places a metal or ceramic ball on top of the stem to replace your femoral head. Then they implant a metal socket into your hip bone and reattach the muscles and connective tissues.

The final part of the hip replacement surgery involves permanently placing your new femoral head into your new socket while placing a protective plastic or ceramic spacer between them to allow for gliding. After closing the incisions, you’ll relax in the recovery room while you acclimate as the anesthesia wears off.

How long is the recovery after a hip replacement?

A hip replacement surgery is a major orthopedic procedure, so you need to plan on staying in the hospital for observation for at least a couple of days. Once you return home, you can start performing passive exercises with your physical therapist, as recommended.

You should be able to return to light activities within about three to six weeks after surgery. It’s common to be able to resume many of your recreational activities within about 12-15 weeks after surgery, with a full recovery taking about six to eight months.

The expert team at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine will have you come in for several follow-up appointments throughout your recovery process to ensure your hip replacement is a complete success.

To schedule your evaluation with the skilled physicians at Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine, call the office or book an appointment online today.