Dr. Charles J. DePaolo, MD and Dr. Abby Maxwell, MD specialize in hip replacements in Asheville, NC. Our orthopedic surgeons Our physician's assistants Sara and John will help you prepare for and properly recover from, your hip replacement surgery alongside our board-certified Asheville Physical Therapy Team Steve and Laura who will provide the proper pre-op physical therapy program and post-op rehabilitation care needed to improve your quality of life in the best possible way.
Hip replacement surgery is a procedure used when all other treatment options for hip pain haven't provided adequate help. During this procedure, a surgeon removes a painful hip joint that has arthritis and replaces it with an artificial joint usually made from metal components. What happens during hip replacement surgery?
During hip replacement surgery you are given general anesthesia to ensure that you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. The surgeon will prepare the surface of the hipbone by removing any damaged cartilage and attaching the replacement socket part to the hipbone.
After your operation, you will most likely stay in the hospital for four to six days. Additionally, you may have to use a wedge-shaped cushion between your legs. This is to ensure that the hip joint stays in place. Usually, physical therapy begins the day after surgery, and within days you will be able to walk with a walker, cane or crutches. You will continue physical therapy for weeks after the procedure.
Hip replacement surgery has been performed for many years, and surgical techniques are only continuing to improve. Our orthopedic surgeons and physicians assistants are equipped to handle any problems that may arise.