Hip Replacement

 Paul Caruthers
Paul Caruthers, Martial Aritst with and Double Hip Replacement37-year-old martial artist Paul Caruthers' doctor told him he had the hip joints of a 70-year-old man. Paul wasn't ready to kick his passion so he got a double hip replacement.  Read more of Paul's story at: nothingshallbeimpossible.com

The hip can be damaged by fracture, arthritis or other conditions, limiting the ability to walk or bend and causing pain and stiffness. Hip replacement surgery can help dramatically reduce hip pain and significantly improve stability and the ability to perform the everyday activities of daily life.

Hip replacement is one of the most important surgical advances of the last century, and one of the first hip replacements in the region was performed at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in February 1969. Improvements in techniques and technology have greatly improved total hip replacement surgery. The ball and socket are replaced with a man-made surface, such as metal or plastic, to provide a smooth and painless range of motion.

New techniques, such as hip replacement using a minimally invasive superior approach to the joint, are available from Saint Thomas Health. Hip resurfacing may be suitable for some patients, and unlike traditional total hip replacement, the entire ball (head) of the hip is not replaced. Hip resurfacing may be a better choice for younger patients because the procedure requires less bone removal, which can make it easier to perform a total hip replacement if needed later.

To better understand surgical treatment options for the hip, call 615.284.BONE (2663).

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Saint Thomas Midtown and West
615.284.BONE (2663)

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital