Hip replacement surgery
Hip surgeons at Duke’s nationally ranked orthopaedic center are considered leaders in the field because of our use of advanced technologies, nurse staffing and the number of hip replacement surgeries we perform each year. Our experience with all less invasive approaches to hip replacement surgery -- from the back (posterior), the front (anterior) and the side (lateral) -- and the devices we use ensure you will undergo the procedure that meets your individual needs.
National leader in hip replacement surgery
Hip pain caused by arthritis or hip fracture can be disabling and limit your ability to perform daily activities. We help you escape that chronic pain and disability by using the surgical option that’s right for you. We offer less invasive approaches including anterior (front) hip replacement, posterior (back), and direct lateral (side) hip replacement, and surgically precise, computer-assisted hip replacement. Patients come to us because we consistently achieve excellent long-term results, including improving your ability to move without pain. Our goal is to achieve the best possible results for you.
Choose Duke Orthopaedics for your hip replacement surgery because:
- Experience and expertise counts. Studies show that patients benefit from their surgeon’s experience. Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons have performed thousands of hip replacement surgeries and constantly fine tune their methods and practices. Duke's orthopaedic program is consistently ranked as one of the top in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
- You benefit from our team approach. Our team -- which includes physicians, surgeons, physician assistants, nurses, anesthesiologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists -- works together to ensure that you make a complete recovery after surgery. We help you return to normal daily activities quickly and with minimal pain.
- Success with the most challenging cases. We often get the most challenging hip replacement cases that other centers may not have the experience to handle. In fact, many of our patients come to us so we can correct procedures performed elsewhere. If you have had hip replacement surgery but are still experiencing pain that disrupts your quality of life, consider Duke.
- Gait analysis pinpoints your needs. As part of an ongoing research program, you may be eligible to undergo a gait analysis at the "K-Lab," short for the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Research Laboratory at Duke Sports Medicine. The lab’s team includes orthopaedic surgeons, biomechanical engineers, kinesiologists, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, sports psychologists and athletic trainers. This team will take careful measurements of your gait as you walk and move around, helping your surgeon pinpoint the surgical approach and device that’s right for you.
- Leaders in joint replacement research. Our doctors are leaders in the field of orthopaedic and joint replacement research. Our joint replacement surgeons test and develop promising procedures and new prostheses with the goal of making joint replacements work better and last longer.
HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERY
Our orthopaedic surgeons specialize in several approaches to hip replacement. A hip replacement involves replacing the upper femur (leg bone) and the socket in your pelvic bone with an artificial joint. This reduces the debilitating pain associated with arthritis or a previous injury. The precise location of the damaged bone tissue and cartilage is the prime factor in choosing which surgical approach to take. Whenever possible, your surgeon will use small incisions, which will help you heal faster with less pain.
An incision is made near the buttocks, but behind the major walking muscles, to help reduce recovery time. This approach has a proven track record of success and risk for complications is low.
Experienced surgeons make small incisions on the front of the hip area to access the hip. We have been at the forefront of this newer approach, which may reduce pain and shorten hospital stays, and lower risk of dislocation. Patients typically resume normal activities more quickly.
We are one of the few places in the country where surgeons have extensive experience using computer-guided, GPS-like technology to make more precise surgical cuts and more accurately place prostheses. Patients may experience less blood loss.
We frequently receive referrals for revision surgery, which corrects previous hip replacement when patients continue to have pain and problems with mobility. We have the experience you can trust.