Partial Hip Replacement in New Haven

What is partial hip replacement surgery?

The hip joint is made up of a ball-shaped bone called the femoral head at the end of the femur (thigh bone), which fits into an indentation called the acetabulum. A layer of cartilage covers the surface of both pieces of bone, helping to reduce friction and improve fluidity during movement. When this cartilage deteriorates, it can lead to arthritis of the hip. In addition, when an accident, such as a hip fracture occurs, there may be structural damage to these bones and the cartilage that protects their surfaces. In these cases, a partial knee replacement may be needed. Unlike a total hip replacement, this procedure replaces only part of the hip joint, addressing the portions which have sustained damage, while leaving intact the parts of the joint that are still functioning properly.

Why is partial hip replacement surgery performed?

Partial hip replacement is most commonly recommended when a patient suffers from a hip fracture in the femur, which is difficult to repair without surgery. In these cases, the rest of the hip joint is strong and maintains good function. Therefore, the joint can be restored without the need for a total hip replacement.

Dr. Lee Rubin may recommend a partial hip replacement if you are suffering from any of the following:

  • Consistent hip pain that is not relieved by medication or other conservative treatment options
  • Limited range of motion in the hip
  • Symptoms of a hip fracture
    • Pain, swelling, or redness in hip
    • Stiffness, swelling or bruising around the hip area
    • Inability to get up after falling
    • Difference in leg lengths after a hip injury
    • Injured leg turning outward
    • Inability to stand, walk, or put weight on the injured hip

What does partial hip replacement involve?

The partial hip replacement procedure is performed by Dr. Lee Rubin at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The procedure involves the following steps:

  • Dr. Rubin will make a small incision in the hip area, exposing the femoral head (“ball”) portion of the hip joint.
  • Next, he will remove the damaged portion of the femur and hollow out an area of the bone to prepare for the artificial implant.
  • Dr. Rubin will fit the implant and secure it in place.
  • Lastly, the hip implant is joined with the pelvis (“socket”) portion of the hip joint and tissues are put back into their natural place.

Dr. Lee Rubin takes extensive steps to ensure a fast patient recovery after hip surgery, and will go over the recovery process with you in detail.

What are the advantages of undergoing partial hip replacement with Dr. Lee Rubin?

Undergoing partial hip replacement surgery with Dr. Rubin may provide the following benefits:

  • Relief of chronic hip pain
  • Restored hip function
  • Repair of hip injuries, such as fractured hips
  • Healthy portion of hip joint is left intact
  • Surgery performed at renowned Yale-New Haven Hospital

If you’re suffering from hip pain caused by a problem in one portion of the hip, you may be a good candidate for partial hip replacement surgery. The first step to feeling better is scheduling an evaluation with Dr. Lee Rubin, an expert in joint replacement surgery. To request an appointment, call (203) 785-2579 or fill out the form on this page.

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