Hip Replacement Options

Sauk Prairie Healthcare's Joint Replacement Center offers both total hip replacement and hip resurfacing. Many factors will determine which treatment option is best for you, including your age, bone quality and other medical conditions. Your surgeon will perform a complete evaluation and discuss your alternatives with you.

With total hip replacement, the arthritic ball of the upper femur (thighbone) is removed as well as damaged bone and cartilage from the hip socket. The ball is replaced with a metal ball that is fixed solidly inside the femur. The socket is replaced with a plastic liner that is usually fixed inside a metal shell to create a smoothly functioning joint. 

Anterior Hip Replacement:
Sauk Prairie Healthcare is among just a few hospitals in the area with orthopedic surgeons trained to perform hip replacement from the front of a patient, rather than from the side or back.  The technique — anterior hip replacement — allows for hip replacement without disturbing gluteal muscles, which attach to the pelvis and femur.  Learn more about anterior hip replacement

Hip Resurfacing:
Hip resurfacing is an alternative to total hip replacement for younger, active patients. It involves removing the cartilage from the surface of the femoral head and replacing it with a metal cap.  Learn more about hip resurfacing