While a hip replacement sounds extreme, in reality, it’s one of the most successful and easily-performed joint surgeries available, allowing millions of people to regain pain-free mobility. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Diane S. Litke of L&W Orthopaedics specializes in robotically-assisted hip replacement surgeries that will have you moving about freely again in no time. If you’re in Richardson, Garland, Wylie, Plano, or the North Dallas Texas area, and want to explore hip replacement surgery, call or book an appointment online.

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What is the anatomy of the hip?

Your hip is the largest ball-and-socket joint in your body, and it’s made up of just two bones: your pelvis and your femur. The top of your femur, which is called the femoral head, fits neatly into the lower side of your pelvic bone in an area called the acetabulum.

Helping these bones is a complex system of soft-tissue components that keep your joint functioning smoothly, including your:

  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Cartilage
  • Ligaments

When everything is working together properly, you’re rewarded with pain-free mobility. If problems arise, and they often do, the results are pain and limited movement.

What causes hip problems?

If you consider the amount of strain your hips are under on a daily basis as they propel you through life, it’s easy to imagine that wear and tear can take its toll. Far and away, the main driver behind hip problems is arthritis, which causes degeneration of the cartilage that facilitates the movement of your hip.

What is an anterior hip replacement?

Hip replacement surgery has successfully been in use since 1960. In recent years, the procedure has become less invasive, thanks to modern techniques and equipment, but the hip replacement itself remains largely the same. During a hip replacement, Dr. Litke:

  • Removes your damaged femoral head
  • Removes the damaged cartilage
  • Installs a metal stem into your femur
  • Places a metal ball onto the stem
  • Attaches a metal socket to your acetabulum
  • Places a device between the new ball and socket for easy movement

Dr. Litke performs anterior hip replacements assisted by robotic tools, which means she goes in through the front of your hip to replace your joint. This approach offers several advantages, including:

Less collateral muscle damage (there are fewer muscles in this area)

  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery
  • Less chance of hip dislocation

Why is robotic-assisted hip replacement better?

Dr. Litke turns to robotic-assisted methods to perform hip replacements, namely the Mako system. The Mako™ system provides Dr. Litke with a preoperative plan using advanced software and 3D imaging. During the surgery, this “extra set of hands” performs precision work based on the imaging data that was collected beforehand, while allowing Dr. Litke to make any adjustments along the way.

If your hips are slowing you down or causing you pain, call L&W Orthopaedics to learn more about hip replacement surgery. Or, use theonline booking tool to schedule an appointment.