If you’re considering a hip replacement, it’s never been a better time to schedule this procedure. At his California practice in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, Dr. Eric E. Johnson specializes in innovative surgical techniques that shorten your recovery time and provide results that can last a lifetime.
Keep reading to learn how the latest hip replacement technologies can offer you a new lease on life.
Why you should consider a hip replacement
Hip replacements focus on removing damaged areas of your hip joint and replacing them with prosthetics made of ceramic, hard plastic, or metal. Dr. Johnson recommends these procedures to restore lost hip function and reduce chronic pain, often because of osteoarthritis. This degenerative condition can progress over time, significantly impacting your mobility and reducing your ability to engage in the simplest tasks.
In the past, most doctors recommended waiting as long as possible for a hip replacement because the procedure involved lengthy recovery times, and prosthetics only lasted so long. But, thanks to less invasive techniques and new technologies, even young patients are opting to restore their mobility and reduce their pain with hip replacement surgery.
Introducing anterior hip replacement
This type of hip replacement surgery involves a technique repairing your joint from the front of your hip, not the back or side. Even though this technique has been around since the 1980s, it’s grown more and more popular in recent years as access to new technology has increased.
This minimally invasive approach offers numerous advantages, including:
- Less tendon and muscle damage
- Reduced risk of postoperative hip dislocation
- Better range of motion after surgery
- Faster recovery times with less pain
In many cases, Dr. Johnson can also perform an anterior hip replacement as an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day as your surgery. But the best part? You should be back on your feet again within a day or two — with the help of a walker or crutches — and back to normal within four to six weeks.
Using the latest implant technology
Just like your real joints, replacement prosthetics can also wear out. And, older devices only lasted 15-20 years, which was a major area of concern when considering surgery.
New and improved implant technology, however, shows that 90% of hip implants continue functioning normally for 20 and even 35 years later. Plus, these results aren’t just for older patients who often have lower levels of physical activity than someone in their 40s. No, these advancements in implant technology provide long-lasting, durable, and reliable replacements for men and women with young and active lifestyles as well.
That means that now men and women younger than 50 can benefit from a hip replacement just as well as people over 80 — and find results that can last a lifetime.
For more information on hip replacements, contact us by calling 424-309-1492 or by booking online today.