If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, a fracture, or other conditions, common activities such as walking or getting in and out of a chair may be painful and difficult. Typical hip pain is in front of the hip, and may radiate down the thigh. Some may experience pain in the buttock or side of the hip, or some only in the thigh and knee. Pain may be worse with standing, walking, or laying on your back at night. Injections are usually less effective when treating hip pain, and are used less often as compared to treating other joint pain. If medications, changes in your everyday activities, and the use of walking supports do not adequately help your symptoms, you may consider hip replacement surgery. Hip replacement surgery is a safe and effective procedure that can relieve your pain, increase motion, and help you get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities.
First performed in 1960, hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful operations in all of medicine. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 285,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States. The Ministry Medical Group orthopedic surgical team of Todd Williams, MD, and Marcus Haemmerle, MD perform the most hip replacements in Portage County.