Hip Surgery FAQs


What is osteoarthritis and why does my hip hurt?
Joint cartilage is a tough, smooth tissue that covers the ends of bones where joints are located. It helps cushion the bones during movement, and because it is smooth and slippery, it allows for motion with minimal friction. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a wear and tear condition that destroys joint cartilage. Sometimes as the result of trauma, repetitive movement, or for no apparent reason, the cartilage wears down, exposing bone ends. This can occur quickly over months or may take years to occur. Cartilage destruction can result in painful bone-on-bone contact, along with swelling and loss of motion. Osteoarthritis usually occurs later in life and may affect only one joint or many joints. 

What is a total hip replacement? 
A total hip replacement is an operation that removes the arthritic ball of the upper femur (thighbone) 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 or metal liner that is usually fixed inside a metal shell to create a smoothly functioning joint. 

What are the results of total hip replacement?
Results will vary depending on the quality of the surrounding tissue, the severity of the arthritis at the time of surgery, the patient's activity level, and the patient's adherence to the doctor's orders. 

When should I have this type of surgery? 
Your orthopedic surgeon will decide if you are a candidate for the surgery. The decision will be based on your history, exam, X-rays, and response to non-surgical treatment. 

Am I too old for this surgery? 
Age is generally not an issue if you are in reasonable health and have the desire to continue living a productive, active life. You may be asked to see your personal physician for his/her opinion about your general health and readiness for surgery. 

How long will my new hip last? 
All implants have a limited life expectancy depending on an individual's age, weight, activity level, and medical condition(s). A total joint implant's longevity will vary in every patient. It is important to remember that an implant is a medical device subject to wear that may lead to mechanical failure. While it is important to follow all of your surgeon's recommendations after surgery, there is no guarantee that your particular implant will last for any specific length of time. However, large studies suggest survivorship greater than ninety-five percent at fifteen years. 

Why might I require a revision? 
Just as your original joint wears out, a joint replacement will wear over time as well. The most common reason for revision is loosening of the artificial surface from the bone. Wearing of the plastic spacer may also result in the need for a new spacer. Dislocation of the hip after surgery is a risk. Your surgeon will explain the possible complications associated with total hip replacement.

Billing Information

Sauk Prairie Healthcare accepts most commercial insurance plans and HMOs, including: Unity, Dean Care, The Alliance, Physicians Plus, and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. However, we do encourage you to contact your insurance company for verification and authorization. 

Please keep in mind there will be a separate bill from the surgeon's office. To find out more about your surgeon's charges, please contact their offices: 
Orthopedic Associates
Diana L. Kruse, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

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