Patients with severe, painful arthritis or those being treated for a hip fracture may need hip replacement surgery. Dr. Allen Van, an experienced orthopedic surgeon at the Perry Memorial Orthopedic Clinic, is able to offer minimally invasive treatment options that help patients return to their normal lives sooner.
Hip replacement surgery is a common procedure. As we age, many of us develop bone spurs and other irregularities on the surface of our hips’ ball-and-socket joints. These can cause pain and stiffness that make it difficult to walk, climb stairs, get up out of chairs and simply perform normal everyday activities. If doing these things causes pain in your hips or knees, treatments are available to manage this pain or get rid of it permanently.
The first time Dr. Van meets his new patients, he thoroughly assesses their joint pain. He reviews any imaging tests the patient has had of the painful joint or may order new ones. Often, patients are treated through pain medications, physical therapy and exercises that can be done at home. If these therapies stop working, however, it may be time for them to consider hip surgery.
Dr. Van, who has fellowship training from a teaching hospital highly renowned for orthopedics, offers hip procedures that replace some or all of the ball-and-socket joint. These operations restore the hip’s range of motion and eliminate the bone-rubbing-on-bone pain patients experienced before.
Depending on each patient’s unique set of needs, Dr. Van most often uses one of two approaches for hip replacement:
Choosing to have your hip replacement at Perry Memorial Hospital provides distinct advantages. Our caring nurses and other healthcare professionals provide patients with a warm, personalized environment that larger hospitals don’t often have. Dr. Van is a highly experienced surgeon who can offer patients the advanced orthopedic procedures they need that get them back to their daily activities faster.
Appointments with Dr. Van are often available within a week, so you can find relief for your hip pain sooner.