A TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT (THR) is a surgical procedure in which damaged parts of the hip joint are replaced with artificial parts or prosthesis. The goals of THR are to relieve pain, improve function of the hip joint, and increase mobility.
The hip joint is one of the largest weight-bearing joints in the body and the most common cause for hip damage is osteoarthritis. Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness and locking. Treatment generally involves a combination of exercise, lifestyle modification, and analgesics. When these treatment methods are ineffective and pain becomes debilitating, joint replacement surgery may be used to improve the quality of life.
Should a patient require a THR, Dr McAllister will discuss all the risks and benefits. The practice sisters, Colleen or Carol will also spend an hour with the patient prior to the operation to go through any issues, worries and concerns, as well as to conduct a perioperative medical. Each patient is given a comprehensive booklet which covers everything you need to know about a THR and what to expect after the operation.
Dr McAllister uses a technique developed and refined in Scotland which allows minimal pain and very rapid rehabilitation.