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Hip Replacement Surgery

We offer a proven hip replacement approach and the most advanced options available.

At the Henry Ford Center for Joint Replacement, we understand that living with constant hip pain can make getting around difficult and affect your quality of life. A hip replacement may be an option to help you get back to your active lifestyle.

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Do I need a hip replacement?

We know that hip replacement surgery is a big decision. Before considering whether it’s the right choice for you, your Henry Ford orthopedic surgeon will conduct a full examination of your hip, testing for strength, stability and range of motion as well as a comprehensive review of your current health status.

There are risks and benefits to any hip replacement surgery, and not everyone is a candidate for all approaches. As part of your personalized treatment plan, your surgeon will discuss the option that provides you with the safest, most successful experience.


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  • A personalized treatment plan that fits your specific lifestyle and goals.
  • The latest research and technology, including robotic hip replacement surgery, which offers a less invasive approach to encourage a faster recovery and reduced pain.
  • Pre-surgical classes, physical therapy and home care to provide support before, during and after your procedure. Learn more about what to expect.
  • The option of a same-day, outpatient replacement procedure performed at one of our six locations.
  • We are the leaders in virtual care for joint replacement. Throughout your treatment, we provide several easy ways to connect you to your care team, from the comfort of your home or while at work.
  • Regional and national recognition, including being named a Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for hip replacement from Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • Many convenient locations throughout southeast and south central Michigan, making it easy to find a Henry Ford orthopedic surgeon near you.
  • What Causes Hip Pain?

    The ball-and-socket joint of your hip is the largest joint in your body. There are several conditions that can cause the cartilage in your hip joint to break down, resulting in friction and pain. These include:

    Osteoarthritis: Often called ‘wear and tear’ arthritis, this condition involves the breakdown of cartilage in the hip joint over time, resulting in pain and stiffness

    Rheumatoid arthritis: This autoimmune disorder is a chronic condition in which your body attacks and breaks down the lining of your joints.

    Hip fracture: This type of injury may require hip replacement surgery if the joint already had damage from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

    Osteonecrosis: Also known as avascular necrosis, this disease reduces blood flow to your joints, causing them to break down. It often affects the hip joint.

  • What Types of Hip Replacement Surgery Do You Offer?

    The hip is like a room with doors on each side. Like the room, it can be accessed for replacement from many different directions. Historically, hip replacement was from the back, through the posterior approach, or from the side, through the lateral or anterior-lateral approaches. However, we offer newer hip replacement procedures, including:

    • Anterior approach
    • Superior approach
    • Mini-posterior muscle-sparing approach
    • Robotic-assisted total replacement
  • What Is the Anterior Approach?

    The anterior approach accesses the hip joint from the front of the upper thigh, in an area where the body typically has less fat or muscle. This can potentially cause less tissue damage during hip replacement surgery.

    There may be benefits to the anterior approach, which you can discuss with your surgeon during your consultation.

    Potential benefits include:

    • Faster recovery
    • Less pain
    • Less muscle trauma
    • Fewer restrictions immediately following surgery

  • What Is the Superior Approach?

    The superior-based hip approach is a minimally invasive way to access the hip. It can limit muscle injury during surgery. An example is the Direct Superior approach, with an incision just above the thighbone that spares front muscles from stretch and damage.

    Potential advantages of the superior approach:

    • Muscle sparing
    • Less risk of fracture than anterior approaches
    • Smaller, 3-6 inch scar in many patients
    • Fewer restrictions immediately following surgery
    • Less pain
    • Faster recovery

  • What Is the Mini-Posterior Approach?

    The posterior hip approach is the most common hip approach for replacement. A minimally invasive technique called Mini-Posterior involves an incision just behind the thighbone that spares front muscles from stretch and damage.

    Potential advantages of the mini-posterior approach:

    • Muscle sparing
    • Smaller, 3-6 inch scar in many patients
    • Can be used with any patient size, given its ability to be extended for larger hips
    • Fewer restrictions immediately following surgery
    • Less pain
    • Faster recovery

  • What Is Robotic-Assisted Total Hip Replacement?

    Our surgeons offer both MAKO and ROSA robotic-assisted technology. MAKO is a robotic-arm assisted technology that will help your surgeon develop a personalized surgical plan based on your unique anatomy. Both MAKO and ROSA robotic technology use image-based guidance to plan and execute the surgery to customize it to your anatomy.

    What are the advantages for me?

    • By directing the tools used to prepare the hip, precise bone preparation and implant positioning is performed safely through a small incision.
    • More information available to your surgeon can allow for better reproduction of your normal anatomy.
Henry Ford Joint Replacement Guide

Download our Joint Replacement Guide to learn more about our program.

Call for a consultation

Henry Ford Jackson Hospital: (517) 205-1431
Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford Medical Center Cottage: (313) 916-2181
Henry Ford Macomb Hospital: (586) 271-0915
Henry Ford Medical Center – Royal Oak: (248) 546-2110
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital: (313) 916-2181
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital: (734) 225-9100

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