Hip Replacement Specialist

DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopedic Institute

Orthopedic Surgery & Physical Therapy located in Rochester, MI

Physicians conducted the first hip replacement surgeries in Germany in 1891, and the procedure has become a mainstay in orthopaedic medicine since. Known today as total hip arthroplasty, or THA, this treatment can be life-changing for those suffering from hip pain that hasn't responded to other interventions. The surgeons at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute in Rochester, Michigan, are seasoned experts in hip replacement as a treatment for arthritis and injury. Don't let your hip pain slow you down and schedule your visit with the team today over the phone.

Hip Replacement Q & A

How does hip replacement surgery work?

The top of your femur has a ball-shaped ending on it that fits into a socket in your pelvis called the acetabulum—this juncture is called your hip. Sometimes, the cartilage that cushions this joint and allows for unencumbered movement becomes damaged.

Your hip is among the largest weight-bearing joints in your body, putting it at a significant level for the risk of injury.

One common reason for hip damage is arthritis, which can lead to pain and a restricted range of motion. These symptoms can affect your independence and quality of life.

Common causes of arthritis in your hip include:

  • Osteoarthritis: the gradual wearing away of the cartilage in your hip joint.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: an autoimmune disease that affects synovium and synovial fluid, leading to cartilage loss and pain.
  • Traumatic arthritis: arthritis from an injury that damaged tissue in your hip.

When you require a total hip arthroplasty, the team at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute uses high-grade, bio-compatible metal or ceramic to replace your hip. This procedure will allow you to regain your mobility for decades to come.

What types of hip replacement surgery are available?

There are various types of hip replacement surgery available, and each requires a specialized level of surgical skill and expertise. The team at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute will guide you through the best options for you.

One option is a total hip replacement, which requires your surgeon to make an incision at the side or back of your hip. The team will then access the worn joint and begin reconstruction.

Your surgeon may also recommend a minimally invasive form of this procedure using smaller incisions and requiring less muscle dissection. This approach leads to quicker recovery and can sometimes be performed on an outpatient basis.

If you've had a previous hip replacement that is causing you pain, the surgical team can also perform revision hip replacement if you meet certain criteria.

Don't let pain hinder the life you want to live. Schedule a visit with the surgeons at DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute today by phone.