Hip Replacement

Anay R. Patel, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon & Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

Hip pain that persists and severely hampers your everyday routine isn’t something anyone should have to live with. With the help of Anay Patel, MD, patients in Houston, Texas, can restore their quality of life with minimally invasive and revision hip replacements. Dr. Patel also specializes in anterior hip replacements. Severe arthritic conditions affecting the hip joints can require a hip replacement for optimal pain relief results. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Hip Replacement Q & A

What is a hip replacement? 

Hip replacement, which is also called a total hip arthroplasty, is a surgery Dr. Patel performs to replace a worn-out or severely damaged hip joint. You need your hips functioning properly so that you can bend and rotate your upper legs at the pelvis. It allows for comfortable, pain free walking and exercise. 

If your hip joint is seriously injured or damaged, in some cases a hip replacement is the best course of action. 

Who needs a hip replacement? 

Certain types of arthritis, severe impact injuries, and bad hip fractures could require a hip replacement. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis, which is arthritis stemming from an injury, are common reasons for needing a hip replacement. 

Dr. Patel can examine you, discuss your symptoms with you, and review your medical history to help you determine whether or not a hip replacement is right for you. 

How does a hip replacement work? 

Dr. Patel offers several different types of hip replacement: 

Minimally invasive hip replacement

This procedure is similar to a traditional hip replacement surgery, only it involves less cutting of the tissue surrounding your hip. Dr. Patel replaces your injured or diseased hip joints with artificial implants. He uses specially designed surgical instruments to prepare the socket and femur and to place the implants with precision. 

Anterior hip replacement

Many traditional hip replacements involve entering through incisions in the posterior or lateral areas. Dr. Patel specializes in anterior hip replacement, which involves minimally invasive techniques and an anterior (front) approach. This causes much less damage to surrounding muscles and tendons, which leads to a faster postoperative recovery.

Revision hip replacement

If the implant used in a hip replacement is no longer working properly, Dr. Patel can perform a revision hip replacement to restore its function. Revision hip replacements can last decades, or even longer. It might be needed if there has been a loosening of the implant, and infection of the joint, or a misalignment of parts. 

Hip resurfacing

This is an alternative to a total hip replacement. During hip resurfacing, Dr. Patel accesses your hip bone and thigh bone and trims and caps your femoral head with a smooth metal covering.

In traditional hip replacement surgery, a full hip replacement, Dr. Patel removes your femoral head completely instead of just capping it with a metal covering. 

To learn more about hip replacements, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.