Degeneration of the hip is a major cause of hip and groin pain. Common causes of that degeneration include osteoarthritis , arthritis following an injury, rheumatoid arthritis, labral tears and hip impingement, and congenital hip conditions.
The treatment is hip replacement surgery. Dr. Shah is part of movement called Rapid Recovery Reality. Its goal: to get patients back to their active lives as soon as possible. Nationwide the average hip replacement patient will spend three days in the hospital and three months out of work.
Dr. Shah’s otherwise healthy patients typically walk with a cane 45 minutes after surgery, leave the hospital in 90 minutes, and are back to work in a few days or weeks. Patients return to downhill skiing, tennis, personal training, yoga, golf, and other activities.
Hip replacement surgery typically takes 60-90 minutes. The entire procedure is done through just a 3” incision. The result is a minimal scar and a lower risk of infection. To improve the lighting in his small field of vision, Dr. Shah’s assistant uses special instruments and is purposely slight herself. In addition, special techniques and instruments minimize muscle and bone damage. Anesthesia advances allow patients to sleep comfortably during their procedures, yet begin walking within minutes of waking up. The surgeon uses standard implants which typically last 20 or more years.
Physical therapy begins just minutes after your procedure. Pain is minimal even at that point because of the muscle-sparing nature of the operation and topical anesthesia applied inside the hip joint. Physical therapy over the following weeks can also be aggressive because patients are in minimal pain and require minimal use of narcotics.
Every patient’s recovery is unique but many of Dr. Shah’s hip replacement patients are back to active lives just weeks after their procedures.