Hip Replacement

Dr. Shane Martin talks about new procedures in total hip arthroplasty

Pain, discomfort and difficulty moving can make it impossible for you to live your life the way you want to. If your hip pain becomes severe and traditional treatments don’t offer any relief, you may want to consider a hip replacement. We offer both total and partial hip replacement, so you and your doctor can decide which option is right for you. We are also the only hospital system in Arizona that currently offer hip replacements using MAKOplasty robotic surgery.

The most common reasons for hip replacement surgery are:

  • Osteoarthritis, a loss of joint cartilage that limits movement, causes pain and inhibits daily activity
  • Other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis that results from a hip injury
  • Damage to the hip such as a hip fracture

Additional treatments such as medication, physical therapy and cortisone injections are often prescribed before deciding surgery is necessary. Read more about your nonsurgical options here.

How should I prepare for hip replacement surgery?

Before your surgery

Once you determine surgery is the best option, your doctor will explain each step of the process. The preparation will include medical tests, filling out forms and learning more about what to expect before, during and after surgery.

During your surgery

Hip replacement surgery requires you to stay in the hospital for a few days. Most people undergo general anesthesia, and our staff monitors your vital signs at all times during the procedure. We also offer the option of local anesthesia for patients who want to be alert during the surgery, or for those who are at higher risk of complications.

Once the prosthesis has been inserted, the doctor will close the incision and you’ll go to recovery.

After your surgery

Once your hip replacement is completed, you’ll be taken to the recovery room for observation, and once you’re stable and alert, you’ll go to your hospital room.

It may surprise you, but it’s important to begin moving your new hip very soon after surgery, so a physical therapist will meet with you to get started. Your pain will be controlled with medication, and over the next few days, the team will give you directions for discharge and rehab.

You’ll have follow up appointments with your doctor after six weeks, three months, six months and a year to ensure your new hip is doing well.

For more information about hip replacement, click here.

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