Hip Reconstruction Surgeon
Patients with painful hip or damaged hip caused by injury, motor vehicle accidents, hard falls or certain medical conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, etc., need hip reconstruction. Hip reconstruction surgeon Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized operative treatment plans in Minneapolis. He also provides highly specialized care during and after surgery. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!
What is Hip Reconstruction?
Hip reconstruction is a surgery to repair or replace a damaged hip joint that causes pain and limits your movement.
Dr. Okoroha has extensive training in hip reconstruction and provides this service for patients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.
Anatomy of the Hip Joint
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint; the ball is formed by the head of the humerus (thighbone) and the socket by the pelvic bones. The joint is covered by ligaments that form a capsule around it. Tendons attached to muscles in the pelvis, thighs, and buttocks help move the hip joint.
When is Hip Reconstruction Indicated?
Hip reconstruction is recommended when the hip is painful and cannot function properly. This may be due to:
- Arthritis: Wearing of cartilage lining the joint
- Injury: Trauma or overuse
- Osteonecrosis: Bone damage due to a poor blood supply
Damage to the hip joint can cause a fracture to the bones involved in the joint, i.e. the femur and the pelvic bones. Hip reconstruction is recommended to repair these fractures and stabilize the hip joint.
A hip reconstruction may be necessary for fractures due to:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Hard falls
- Osteoporosis (bone weakness), which increases with age and may be caused by simple stresses such as running or twisting
What are the Procedures involved in Hip Reconstruction?
The procedures performed in hip reconstruction include:
A surgical procedure that involves cutting and reshaping a bone. The hip socket may be reshaped to better accommodate the head of the femur or thighbone. This reduces pain, improves movement and prevents injury at the hip joint.
Hip replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged or diseased parts of the hip joint with an implant(s). A total or partial hip replacement may be performed where all the parts of the joint or only one of the bones damaged are replaced, respectively.
Hip resurfacing is an alternative to a total hip replacement surgery, where both the ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and replaced with plastic, metal or ceramic prosthetics.
Hip arthroscopy also referred to as keyhole surgery or minimally invasive surgery, is performed through very small incisions to evaluate and treat various hip conditions. It is performed using a tube-like instrument called an arthroscope and small surgical instruments.
How will Dr. Okoroha Decide on the Right Procedure for Hip Reconstruction?
Dr. Okoroha will decide on the appropriate treatment for you after evaluating your condition and the specific anatomy of your hip.
What can you Expect After Hip Reconstruction?
Following the procedure, you will receive medication for pain and will undergo physical therapy to improve strength, movement, and balance. Dr. Okoroha will monitor your progress to ensure successful rehabilitation.
If you would like to have additional information on treatment of painful or damaged hip or would like to learn more about hip reconstruction, please contact the office of Dr. Okoroha, Hip Reconstruction Surgeon serving the communities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.