The hip is one of the largest and most-used joints in the body. With so much wear and tear demanded of the joint on a daily basis, even in less active patients, it is no surprise that hips can develop all sorts of problems during a patient’s lifetime.
Medical conditions such as arthritis have a devastating impact on the function and strength of the hip joint. Likewise, accidents and injuries such as a motor vehicle collision, fall, or sports injury can also result in hip pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. At Mellano Orthopedics in Torrance hip surgery is offered to fix hip problems by Dr. Chris Mellano MD, who specializes in joint repair and reconstruction of the hips, shoulders, knees, and more.
It consists of a ball and socket joint. The surface of the hip bones is covered by articular cartilage, which is a slippery, smooth natural material that provides a cushion between the bone ends at the meeting of the joint. The synovium lubricates the hip joint to allow the hips to move seamlessly.
Dr. Mellano strives to provide you with the best hip surgery Torrance and Manhattan Beach have to offer with the minimally invasive anterior hip replacement. The minimally invasive anterior hip replacement lets the patient recover from the comfort of home, starting the same day as they undergo the procedure. There are many benefits of a same-day hip replacement, particularly when it is performed in an ambulatory surgery center instead of a busy hospital setting. Torrance orthopedic surgeon Dr. Chris Mellano has helped thousands of patients relieve late-stage arthritis with partial and total hip replacement surgery during his extensive surgical career.
As an alternative to total hip replacement, Dr. Mellano may in some cases suggest hip resurfacing. This procedure is generally only recommended for a select group of younger patients with hip problems that are severe enough to warrant surgery, but not so serious that a total or partial hip replacement is necessary. This minimally invasive procedure involves an incision around the hip and thigh bone. The femoral bone is capped with a smooth metal covering, rather than replacing parts of the joint with an implant.
This outpatient procedure allows Dr. Mellano's Torrance and Manhattan Beach hip surgery patients to receive a completely new hip without having to spend one night in the hospital. Dr. Mellano is fellowship-trained in anterior hip replacement surgery and has spent years perfecting his same-day hip replacement technique.
The hip surgery recovery time varies, however, most patients can expect a few months before they can resume most daily activities that involve mobilizing the hips with intensity. The recovery time can vary based on the extent of your injury or progression of bone disease at the time of surgery.
Factors such as age and the presence of certain medical conditions can also mean a longer recovery compared to younger and healthier patients. While hip replacement surgery does mean a patient will have to take some time to recover, hip replacement surgery is considered 95% effective at the 10-year mark and nearly 85% effective at the 20-year mark. This makes the initial recovery period well worth it for patients that are struggling with chronic hip pain related to injuries and medical conditions such as osteoarthritis and avascular necrosis. A hip replacement can delay the progression of osteoarthritis in the treated joints. Dr. Mellano advises each patient of the expected downtime for hip surgery on an individual basis. He’ll also monitor your progress during follow-up appointments to ensure you are on the fast track to healing after surgery.
The hip is a complex joint that is used every day for mobility and weight-bearing activities such as standing and walking. You can’t afford to ignore hip problems, which often get worse if left untreated. Seek help from Dr. Chris Mellano, a board-certified Torrance orthopedic surgeon with an advanced level of training that specializes in hip repair and reconstruction.
“Dr. Chris Mellano was my hip surgeon twice. After years of pain, he was the only doctor that would help me. He’s so very kind and considerate. He listens to you and is not at all egotistical. He did an amazing job with my new hip. I’m a 58-year-old overweight woman and I highly recommend Dr. Mellano.”
"I was referred to Dr. Mellano after an MRI showed hip deterioration that warranted hip replacement. Based on my age and physical activity, he recommended I get an anterior replacement. Dr. Chris Mellano and his staff were efficient, friendly, and moved quickly to be sure I could get that surgery I needed ASAP. I'm about 4 months post-surgery and I'm so very happy with my new hip. I'm grateful to Dr. Mellano and his staff for making me feel better. I recommend them to one and all.”
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.