Advances in Knee Replacements

This new design allows surgeons to preserve the important central ligaments of the knee called the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments. This design should allow a knee replacement to move, respond, and feel more like a normal knee.

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The Anterior Hip

Patients are being told by both surgeons and orthopedic implant companies that Anterior Hip Replacement approach offers something unique and different compared to other approaches. This is a flatly untrue, unscientifically supported myth...

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Outpatient Joint Replacement

With Outpatient Joint Replacement Surgery, patients are able to return home the same day as the procedure. Patients also begin physical therapy within hours of surgery.

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Hip Arthritis Treatment in Oregon City & Tualatin, OR

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common ailments affecting the hips and causes significant pain, immobility, and reduced quality of life for patients. Because the hip is a weight-bearing joint, natural wear-and-tear takes a toll on its components, gradually breaking down protective cartilage leading to bone deterioration.

To treat this debilitating musculoskeletal condition, a number of solutions exist, including treatments and surgical solutions such as total hip replacement surgery. While conservative treatments are always preferred, total hip replacement is a practical solution when patients' arthritic symptoms cannot be alleviated by noninvasive solutions. Total hip replacement seeks to correct arthritic symptoms by removing and replacing the diseased joint with a prosthetic implant that mimics the function and feel of a natural hip. Patients treating hip arthritis through joint replacement surgery typically experience reduced pain and a restoration of joint mobility, allowing patients to pursue relatively active lifestyles without the limitations of hip arthritis.

Anatomy of the Hip

The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, comprised of the femur (thighbone) and a cavity located on the pelvis, known as the acetabulum. The rounded head of the femur rests inside the cup-like acetabulum, allowing the joint to move freely. Cartilage lines the acetabulum to prevent bones from wearing against one another, and also allows the joint to glide smoothly as the femur rotates within the acetabulum.

When damage occurs to any of the hip's components, the joint wears down more rapidly and limits the patient's range of motion. As the hip joint deteriorates, the damaged components will cause pain as the patient moves the hip. This condition, known as osteoarthritis, limits patients abilities to perform routine tasks, such as getting up from a chair, without experiencing significant pain.

Hip Arthritis Treatment: Conservative Approaches

Many patients are able to treat osteoarthritis of the hip in a conservative manner, managing pain through techniques including: physical and occupational therapy, activity modification, weight loss, and NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) treatment. These methods of treatment act to alleviate stress placed on the hips by strengthening the surrounding muscle, reducing the joint's weight bearing, and utilizing medications known to effectively reduce joint pain.

Hip Arthritis Treatment: Total Hip Replacement

In severe cases of hip arthritis, conservative treatments may not alleviate a patient's joint pain and restore proper range of motion. In these cases, patients may opt for total hip replacement surgery, a surgical option that involves the removal of the diseased joint and its replacement with a prosthetic implant. The replacement joint imitates the function of the natural knee, restores mobility to patients, and alleviates the pain associated with movement.

Hip Arthritis Treatment in Tualatin & Oregon City, OR

Dr. James Ballard is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip replacement and minimally invasive surgeries. Dr. Ballard is also fellowship-trained, receiving world-class instruction from one of the pioneers of minimally invasive hip surgery. As one of "Portland's Top Doctors", Dr. Ballard strives to provide patients with comfortable and safe treatment options that ensure the best possible outcomes. To learn more about hip arthritis treatment, schedule a time to speak with Dr. Ballard at his Tualatin and Oregon City, OR offices.