When you are living with hip osteoarthritis, it can stop you from enjoying the activities you used to. The condition tends to affect patients age 50 and older, although early arthritis cases are possible. An estimated 28 million people in the United States suffer from osteoarthritis. Weight-bearing joints such as the hips are subject to daily wear and tear that can quickly worsen the condition.
In osteoarthritis of the hip, the cartilage inside the hip joint wears down. Cartilage acts as a cushion between bones to reduce friction during hip movements such as turning, walking, and bending down. As the hip cartilage becomes frayed and weak, the bones rub together, causing pain with every movement.
Bone spurs may develop, as the body tries to prevent the bones from coming into contact with one another. Bone spurs are medically known as osteophytes. These growths can press on nerves and tendons in some cases, resulting in even more pain. Hip replacement surgery not only replaces the damaged joint with man-made components but also smooths the frayed hip cartilage and removes bone spurs. This one-day procedure reduces hip pain and helps the joint to become fully functional once again.
While osteoarthritis of the hip can be extremely painful and cause mobility issues in later stages, there is something that can be done to bring relief. The solution for advanced cases of hip osteoarthritis is hip replacement surgery.
At Mellano Orthopedics in Torrance hip replacement surgery can put a stop to constant hip pain and stiffness that is holding them back from living the life they want. Once a patient recovers from the surgery, everyday tasks like walking to get the newspaper, bending over to tie shoes, and getting into the car become significantly easier.
Since osteoarthritis does not have a cure, it only becomes worse over time. Mild pain and joint stiffness give way to severe hip pain and mobility issues that cause arthritis sufferers to struggle with ordinary tasks in later stages.
Leading a less active lifestyle takes a toll on the body, affecting the health and vitality of a person. It can even lead to isolation and an inability to care for oneself without outside assistance. Aside from the financial cost of hiring caregivers, it can also place a burden on family members. The patient suffers in many more ways than simply experiencing pain. Late osteoarthritis is debilitating. While osteoarthritis of the hip is not curable, mobility and hip joint pain can be dramatically be improved. We strive to provide you with the best hip replacement surgery Torrance has to offer, so contact us today for help.
Dr. Chris Mellano is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Torrance that specializes in same-day hip replacement surgery.
Depending on the extent of joint damage caused by arthritis, some patients require a partial hip replacement, while others may need total hip replacement surgery. The surgery is performed in an ambulatory surgery center rather than a hospital. This affords patients more privacy, convenience, faster scheduling, and a potentially lower risk of post-op infection since ambulatory surgery practices are far less crowded than public hospitals.
During the same-day hip replacement surgery, Dr. Mellano relies on the latest computer-assisted technology. This enables him to see inside the joint without making large incisions in order to detect the parts of the hip joint that are damaged while leaving healthy joint structures intact. Using the information from an arthroscopic camera device, he then makes the necessary hip repairs to restore the hip to normal functionality. Dr. Mellano has completed fellowship training in anterior total hip replacement under Dr. Joel Matta in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Mellano has been performing hip replacement surgery for more than a decade, helping thousands of arthritis patients to improve their quality of life by replacing faulty hip joints.
There is generally no need for a hospital stay when you come to see Dr. Chris Mellano for hip replacement surgery. In most cases, this minimally invasive anterior hip replacement is performed the same day in an outpatient setting.
Patients can return to the comfort and privacy of home to make a full recovery without the need for an overnight hospital stay. Dr. Mellano monitors your progress during recovery, providing an unparalleled level of care. It is also his policy to make it easy for patients to get in touch with him from the initial visit to full recovery. Contact our office today to learn how hip replacement surgery can improve your daily life.
Dr. Mellano’s mission is to give his Torrance patients the freedom to keep doing the activities they love. If you are struggling with joint pain, arthritis, lack of mobility, or joint inflammation, contact Dr. Mellano for a consultation so he can help you get moving again.