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When the ball and socket joints that form the hips wear down and causes pain or stiffness that no longer responds to therapy or medication, they may need to be replaced.
The hips are one of the body’s largest joints, and the idea of replacing them may seem overwhelming. But hip replacements date back to the 1960s and, with improvements in technology and techniques, are common today: more than 285,000 hips are replaced each year in the United States.
Einstein surgeons are specially trained in total hip replacement and have performed thousands of successful operations, including the most challenging cases. Einstein's Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is a leader in hip replacements in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
Before deciding on surgery, our team will conduct a thorough examination, which could also prescribe non-operative treatment.
Advanced techniques for total hip replacement, including the anterior approach, where the incision is made at the front (instead of the side) of the thigh, a technique requiring less dissection that offers a faster recovery rate.
Hip Arthroscopy. Minimally invasive technique where surgeons use small incisions to diagnose and treat problems, including arthritis and cartilage damage.
Early mobilization. Patients are able to get out of bed the morning following their surgery date. This allows the body to produce its own blood-thinning agents to guard against blood clots. When coupled with anti-coagulation medicine, a patient’s risk of developing clots decreases greatly.
Coordinated care. Your rehabilitation begins the day after your surgery under the supervision of a physical therapist and nurse, who supervise your first steps and visit you repeatedly for the remainder of your hospital stay. A social worker is also part of your care team, making sure you are ready to return home and complete your rehabilitation. A typical length of stay is three to four days; your incision will take about six weeks to heal.
Multi-modality pain management. A combination of medication deliveries – including intravenous medication, oral medication and peripheral nerve blocks - is used to reduce pain for the patient.
Overweight patients. Carrying extra body weight puts additional stress on joints. Einstein doesn’t rule out patients considered to be overweight or obese. We talk to our patients and evaluate each case individually before making a determination. In many cases, surgery can be performed. If other options need to be explored, we will work with you to make referrals or seek additional help.
Osteonecrosis care. Surgery to correct severe arthritis of the hips caused by sickle cell disease, performed in conjunction with hematology experts.
Hip injury, also known as Avascular necrosis
Einstein Medical Center PhiladelphiaWillowcrest Building, 4th Floor5501 Old York Road Philadelphia,PA 19141
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Einstein Medical Center MontgomeryMedical Arts Building, Suite 270609 West Germantown PikeEast Norriton PA, 19403
Einstein Center One9880 Bustleton AvenuePhiladelphia PA, 19115
Eswaran Balasubramanian, MD, Attending Orthopedic Surgeon
Richard E. Grant, MD, Attending Orthopedic Surgeon
Julius K. Oni, MD, Attending Orthopedic Surgeon
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