At Mellano Orthopedics in Torrance total hip replacement (THR) is performed in a one-day procedure at an ambulatory surgery center, rather than a hospital. It is used to alleviate avascular necrosis and arthritis of the hip that has disrupted the structures of the joint that are necessary for mobility and weight-bearing activities. Using modern computer-assisted technology during the surgery allows Dr. Chris Mellano to perform a minimally invasive total hip replacement by making large open incisions. A same-day release is strongly preferred by patients that prefer to recover comfortably and safely at home.
Hip replacement is an option to help patients with chronic arthritis regain the functionality and strength of the hip joint. A total or partial repair can make a meaningful change to symptoms. While only your orthopedic surgeon can tell you with certainty whether a hip replacement procedure is in your best interest, some signs of needing a hip replacement surgery may include:
Dr. Mellano strives to provide his patients with the best hip replacement surgery Torrance has to offer, so if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule a visit with our Torrance orthopedics office. During the consultation, he actively listens to your concerns about pain and joint stiffness, considering age, medical history, and activity level to determine whether you will benefit from a total or partial hip replacement surgery, which can be performed in an outpatient setting as a same-day procedure.
The success rate of hip replacement surgery is quite high, with osteoarthritis surgery considered to be 95% effective in patients that have the procedure done, even at 10 years later. Twenty years after surgery, the success rate is still high at approximately 80 to 85%. If a hip implant wears or loosens decades later, a revision hip replacement can always restore it to a like-new condition for many more years of freedom from hip joint pain.
The procedure takes place in an ambulatory surgery center, not a hospital. That means patients enjoy a lower risk of contaminants that may increase the risk of postoperative infection, which can have a disruptive impact on hip recovery after surgery.
Patients undergo general anesthesia before Dr. Mellano starts the procedure. Prior to the procedure, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss any last-minute questions with Dr. Mellano, who is a patient and active listener. The THR procedure takes approximately two hours or so, depending on the type of hip replacement that is performed. It is a minimally invasive procedure with a same-day return home from the surgery center. This is made possible due to the latest arthroscopic hip replacement technology, in addition to Dr. Mellano’s advanced level of training as an orthopedic surgeon.
Total hip replacement is routinely performed in patients that are generally between the ages of 60 to 80 years old (although being of a younger age is not considered a contraindication for hip replacement surgery). The question is, can you be too old for a hip replacement? The truth is, the healthier you are and the less damage that is present in the hip joint, the better the outcome of THR surgery. With that said, a hip replacement can still greatly reduce hip pain and joint stiffness, even in late-stage arthritis of the hip.
Before hip pain gets worse, it is a good idea to speak to a qualified orthopedic surgeon. They are trained to diagnose and treat hip joint problems, as well as offer nonsurgical remedies for hip pain such as biologic arthritis injections before they develop into full-blown arthritis. While hip arthritis isn’t curable, symptoms can be alleviated and the progression of arthritis may be delayed by undergoing a hip replacement procedure.
The only time it may be too late to have a hip replacement is if your health has deteriorated enough to make it unsafe to undergo general anesthesia, which is necessary to perform the procedure. With that said, Dr. Mellano treats patients at various stages of life and from all medical backgrounds. A private consultation with a complete medical history will provide the answers you need related to whether hip replacement surgery is a safe and appropriate treatment for you.
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.