The Surgery Experience – Primary Total Hip Replacement

Primary total hip placement is indicated to alleviate the pain associated with hip disease. This surgery will help you improve the function of your hip and will lead to improved quality of life.

More than 280,000 people in the United States annually undergo hip replacement surgery. (Copyright 2002 by Solucient LLC)

How Primary Total Hip Replacment Surgery is Performed

Socket is shaped to fit new cup implant during total hip replacement

First, Dr. Cuellar will make an incision on the side of your hip. He will use a minimally invasive technique when appropriate and depending on the patient.

After the incision has been made, Dr. Cuellar will prepare the socket (acetabulum) to fit the new cup implant that will replace the socket that has become diseased.

The acetabular (hip) component is then pressed into your pelvis. Screws may or may not be added.

Next, Dr. Cuellar will prepare your femur for the femoral stem, which is the component will hold the new ball of your hip joint. The head of your femur is initially removed, and the femur is then prepared for the new femoral stem.

After your hip stem has been implanted, the ball that sits at the top of the femoral stem is next positioned in the proper place.

Once Dr. Cuellar is satisfied with the position and movement of your new hip joint, it will be flushed with cleansing fluid and closed with suture and surgical staples.

  • Socket is shaped to fit new cup implant during total hip replacement
  • Femur is prepared for femoral stem during total hip replacement
  • Femoral stem positioned in final stage of total hip replacement

Following surgery, you will remain in the hospital for four to five days and will use your walker the first day following surgery.