Total Hip Replacement

When you need a hip replacement, Olympus Orthopedic Medical Group in San Diego should be your first call. Southern California’s leading orthopedic surgeon, Oke Anakwenze, MD, is an expert at performing hip replacement operations. He uses the industry’s most modern surgical tools and techniques, so you have a quicker recovery and more successful hip replacement when you choose Dr. Anakwenze. Call the office or use the convenient online booking system to schedule your first appointment.

Hip Replacement Q & A

Why would I need a hip replacement?

If you’ve tried pain medications, physical therapy, and other treatments, and still aren’t pain-free and functioning normally, it may be time for surgery. Many patients find that a hip replacement dramatically reduces pain and restores their mobility.

Your hip joint is a ball and socket, like your shoulder. Since there’s a lot of movement in the hip area just from walking alone, it can sometimes become damaged or tissues can start breaking down. This can happen if you:

  • Have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Broke one or more bones in your hip
  • Dislocated your hip
  • Have a genetic hip disease
  • Have major hip trauma from an accident

What happens during hip replacement surgery?

Hip replacement surgeries, also called hip arthroplasties, can be done using a traditional method or using a minimally-invasive technique. The end results of either surgery is the same — a new hip — but the incision sizes and recoveries are different. Dr. Anakwenze lets you know which procedure is best for your needs.

During surgery, Dr. Anakwenze removes the damaged femoral head (the top of your femur bone) and replaces it with a metal stem. He places a metal or ceramic “ball” on the stem, which becomes your new femoral head.

After that, Dr. Anakwenze removes any damaged cartilage inside your hip’s socket. He adds a new metal socket, securing it in place with either cement or screws. The socket is lined with plastic, ceramic, or metal to buffer the space between your new socket and femoral head.

Once your new hip components are all in place, Dr. Anakwenze closes the incisions and sends you to the recovery area.

Will I need to stay in the hospital after my hip replacement?

Yes. Going through a hip replacement surgery requires you to have someone watch over you for a few days. You need to rest in a position that allows your body to heal, while having a medical professional at your side with the push of a button.

Some men and women recover quickly and only have to spend three or four days in the hospital. If you’re having a standard hip replacement surgery, or if you’re older, you could need up to a week in the hospital. Dr. Anakwenze lets you know what to expect for your post-op care.