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Hip replacement surgery (arthroplasty) is a procedure that can alleviate the pain and immobility that come with injury, deformity or diseases such as osteoarthritis.

At Baptist, we offer total hip replacement surgery in which the hip replacement surgeon replaces a worn out or damaged hip with a prosthesis (an artificial joint). We also offer partial hip replacements and revisions.

“Every patient gets their own private room, which is a big point for me because sleep is really important for these total joint patients,” says Dr. Bryan Kaiser, Orthopedic Surgeon. 

“They also have sleeping accommodations for a guest or family member, which is also very important. Just to have someone else in the room, a family member – say the wife of the husband – who can watch how to do the total joint care and work the C.P.M. machines and be a part of the patient’s recovery," says Dr. Kaiser. "That involvement is important because the family member certainly plays a large part in that when they go home.”

Learn more about the hip replacement process at Baptist with our Joint Replacement Guidebooks.

Reasons for hip replacement surgery

Arthroplasty is used when medical treatments do not provide enough relief from hip pain, injury or immobility.

The most common reasons for hip replacement surgery are:

  • Osteoarthritis, a loss of joint cartilage that limits movement, causes pain and inhibits daily activity
  • Other forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis that results from a hip injury
  • Damage to the hip such as a hip fracture

Additional Hip Pain Treatments such as medication, physical therapy and cortisone injections are often prescribed before deciding surgery is necessary. Read more about your non-surgical options here.

For more information on hip replacement surgery, call us at (210) 297-7005.

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You deserve to be pain-free

“I had my right hip replaced in May,” says 46-year-old Bobby Castillo, a father of three who injured his hip through years of heavy lifting at work.

“I wore down my cartilage to the point I couldn’t walk my girls around the zoo. But I was afraid of hospitals and surgery.”

“After years of hearing me complain, my mom made an appointment and I finally went to Baptist,” says Bobby.

“The day after surgery, I was standing up. Now I can walk the whole zoo with my girls! I feel great. The pain is completely gone.”

Before hip replacement surgery

Your doctor will explain each step of your hip replacement surgery once you determine that it is the best treatment option. The preparation will include undergoing tests, filling out forms and learning more about what to expect before, during and after surgery.

For a full list of the steps in preparation, click here 

During hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery requires you to stay in the hospital for a few days. Most people undergo general anesthesia, and the joint replacement team monitors your vital signs at all times during the procedure. Baptist also offers the option of local anesthesia for patients who want to be alert during the surgery or for those who are at higher risk for complications.

Once the prosthesis has been inserted, the doctor will close the incision and you will be taken to recovery or to Joint Club [link to joint club page]. Click here for a step-by-step description of the procedure.

After hip replacement surgery

You will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Once you are stable and alert, you will be taken to your hospital room.

It may surprise you, but it is important to begin moving your new hip very soon after surgery, so a physical therapist will meet with you to get that process started. Your pain will be controlled with medication, and over the course of a few days, the team will give you directions for discharge and rehab.

Our team will follow up with you after six weeks, three months, six months and a year to ensure your new hip is doing well. For the full details about recovery and rehabilitation, click here.