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Understanding Hemiarthroplasty

Hemiarthroplasty, also known as partial joint replacement, is a surgical procedure performed to replace one half of a damaged or diseased joint with an artificial implant. This procedure is commonly performed on the hip joint, specifically the femoral head (upper end of the thigh bone), to treat conditions such as hip fractures, avascular necrosis, or severe arthritis affecting only one side of the hip joint.

Preparation and Procedure

At Neo TrueNorth, we prioritize patient comfort and safety throughout the hemiarthroplasty process. The procedure typically involves the following steps:

  1. Initial Consultation: During the initial consultation, the orthopedic surgeon will evaluate the patient’s medical history, symptoms, and diagnostic tests such as X-rays or MRI to determine the need for hemiarthroplasty. The surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure and address any questions or concerns the patient may have.

  2. Preoperative Evaluation: Before surgery, the patient may undergo blood tests, imaging studies, and other preoperative evaluations to assess overall health and identify any underlying medical conditions that may affect the surgical outcome. The patient may also be advised to discontinue certain medications that could increase the risk of bleeding or other complications during surgery.

  3. Surgical Procedure: Hemiarthroplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia or regional anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and safety. During the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon makes an incision over the hip joint and removes the damaged femoral head. The femoral head is then replaced with a metal or ceramic implant, which is secured in place with a stem that is inserted into the femur. The artificial implant closely mimics the shape and function of the natural femoral head, allowing for improved mobility and pain relief in the affected hip joint.

  4. Postoperative Care: After hemiarthroplasty, patients are closely monitored in the recovery room for any signs of complications such as bleeding, infection, or anesthesia-related side effects. Pain medications, antibiotics, and physical therapy may be prescribed as needed to manage pain, prevent infection, and promote recovery. Patients are usually able to bear weight on the new hip joint soon after surgery and are encouraged to start walking with the help of crutches or a walker under the guidance of a physical therapist.

  5. Recovery and Rehabilitation: The recovery time after hemiarthroplasty varies depending on the patient’s overall health, the extent of surgery, and the presence of any complications. Most patients can resume normal activities within 6-12 weeks after surgery, although strenuous activities and high-impact sports should be avoided for several months. Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process and helps improve strength, flexibility, and mobility in the new hip joint.

Why Choose Neo TrueNorth for Hemiarthroplasty?

  1. Orthopedic Expertise: Our team of experienced orthopedic surgeons specializes in hemiarthroplasty procedures, utilizing advanced techniques and implants to achieve optimal results for our patients.

  2. Customized Treatment Plans: We offer personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle goals. Our orthopedic surgeons take the time to listen to patients’ concerns and develop customized treatment plans that address their specific needs.

  3. Minimally Invasive Surgery: Hemiarthroplasty is performed using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible, resulting in smaller incisions, less postoperative pain, and faster recovery compared to traditional surgery.

  4. Comprehensive Care: In addition to hemiarthroplasty, we offer a wide range of orthopedic services and treatments to address various musculoskeletal conditions, including total joint replacement, fracture repair, and sports medicine.

  5. Patient-Centered Approach: At Neo TrueNorth, we prioritize patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction. Our orthopedic surgeons provide compassionate care and support throughout the hemiarthroplasty process, ensuring that patients feel informed and confident in their treatment decisions.

If you’re experiencing hip pain or mobility issues and are considering hemiarthroplasty, contact Neo TrueNorth today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced orthopedic surgeons.

Meet Our Experts

Dr Neel Patel

Consultant Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Surgeon

Dr Deepak A

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr Nagendra Prasad K

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr Shashidhar V

Orthopedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Surgeon