A hip replacement is a surgical solution to chronic hip pain that can increase your range of motion and allow you to enjoy a wider range of physical activities. Also called a total hip arthroplasty, a hip replacement involves replacing your hip’s damaged bone and cartilage with artificial components.
If your doctor has recommended hip replacement surgery for you, the preparation process may involve several steps, including a complete physical examination, diagnostic tests, and stopping certain medications. In some cases, your doctor may also recommend weight loss prior to surgery, treating any existing skin infections, and completing dental and urinary evaluations.
The surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists of New York also use Mako, a robotic surgical assistant, to perform hip replacements more safely and effectively. Using a detailed 3D model and a robotic arm that helps your surgeon work within the bounds of your pre-surgery plan, Mako reduces the amount of cutting required to perform a hip replacement and preserves more of your healthy bone.