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Current & Upcoming Trends in Hip Replacement Surgery


Hip arthritis is a very common problem that occurs due to the breakdown of cartilage in the hip joint, which can often cause symptoms like backache, bad posture, limping, and knee pain. Not everyone with hip arthritis is a candidate for hip replacement surgery. People having moderate to severe arthritis in the hip, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis, are the best candidates for hip replacement surgery. The sufferer shave to put that extra strain on their adjoining joints to carry out their daily activities meticulously. Furthermore, Careful patient selection for this procedure is mandatory, as it improves the odds of a successful surgery and lowers the risk of post-surgical complications.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), about 10% of 400,000 total hip and knee replacements in the U.S. each year need additional surgery to remove the first implant and insert another. But somehow, the total hip & knee replacements have dropped down by 19% and hip replacements by 40% since the 1980s. (However, the percentage of people over 60 years of age, have stayed the same or gone up)

Evolution of Hip Replacement

Over the years, hip replacement has been performed by foreseeable techniques, which included larger incisions, more bleeding, post-operative pain, delayed rehabilitation, and longer hospital stays. With time, doctors have refined this procedure and made it more minimally invasive – reducing the size of the incisions while maintaining safety and effectiveness at the same time, using the technique called MIS technique, i.e. Minimally Invasive Technique. The procedure requires no blood transfusion and enables patients to start walking within 24 hours after the surgery and start their daily activities within a week. The only downside of this technique is that it is performed by very few surgeons.

Dr. Nirav Shah has been performing Anterior Hip Replacement in West Hills, CA, by MIS technique for last several years with excellent results – diminishing trauma, reducing hospital stay and limiting adverse reactions to anesthesia.

Hip Replacement Trends – Then & Now!

  • Thanks to better rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatments in the past 20 years, fewer middle-aged need joint replacements today.
  • Hip replacement is probably one of the most innovative advancements in modern orthopaedic surgery.
  • Over the last few decades, Hip Replacement has changed the lives of millions across the world and has evolved as a boon for crippled patients.
  • The hip replacement techniques and implants available today are very different from what existed earlier.
  • In the early days, hospital stays were longer, i.e. around 10-15 days and recovery was measured in months.
  • Today, people go home in a matter of days, i.e. two to three days, or even less, and the start rehabilitation much sooner.
  • With new techniques and equipment available these days, people recover much faster and are able to resume their active lifestyle much quicker.

What does the future hold for Hip Replacement?

With the continuous improvements in basic material structure, implant design, surgical technique, instrumentation, and patient selection – Hip Replacement has become a become a viable option for patients who are suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis(a disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling), Osteonecrosis (a disease that causes the bone in joints to die), Injury of the hip joint, and Bone Tumors that break down the hip joint. Moreover, scientists, engineers, and surgeons continue to work on discovering ways to extend the durability and functionality of the hip using advanced techniques.

Overcome the trauma of hip arthritis with Dr. Nirav Shah – a pioneer engaged with Minimally Invasive Total Replacement Surgery in West Hills, CA. Schedule an appointment today. Also know about 4 Commonly Occurring Symptoms of Sciatic Nerve Pain explained by Dr. Nirav J Shah.