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Senior Times - February 2020 Bronson
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or injury.
Why Do You Get Hip Pain?
During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision on your hip. The surgeon will then remove the diseased or damaged bone and replace it with the artificial implant, ensuring a proper fit and range of motion.
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history, as well as all medicine you are currently taking. Your doctor will also examine your hip to determine your current range of motion and perform tests to make sure you are healthy enough to have surgery.
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head may cause you pain as the bones scrape together. Medicine to manage pain, physical therapy, or the use of a cane or walker may provide relief.
After surgery, you will be in a recovery room until your anesthesia wears off. You will be encouraged to sit up and walk a short distance with help, usually the same day as your procedure. Most patients will be in the hospital for one or two days.
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However, if some of these tradi- tional treatment approaches haven’t improved your condition, you may be a candidate for hip replacement surgery. The goal of this surgery is to lessen chronic pain and discomfort while restoring the hip’s natural function and mobility.
When you are ready to go home, you will be given instructions on how to continue healing and recovering, including any limitations.
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Certain conditions, such as osteo- arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, can weaken the hip joint causing it to wear out prematurely. Likewise, an injury, such as a fall, can seriously damage the hip joint making surgery the only via- ble option.
Be sure to partner with your doc- tor to determine the best course of treatment for you and your individual situation. Recent advancements in sur- gical techniques and equipment have made it possible to lead an active and healthy life for years after hip replace- ment surgery.
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At Bronson Battle Creek, two dif- ferent types of hip replacement – hip resurfacing and total hip replacement – are performed.
By: Dr. Joseph Burkhardt
When pain or stiffness in your hip makes it hard to get through the day or keeps you from doing the things you enjoy, it’s time to talk to your doctor about treatment options.
The rounded head of the thighbone, referred to as the femoral head, moves smoothly inside the round socket of your hipbone. The socket is lined with cartilage that helps the bones move smoothly. When there is damage to the hip joint, moving the femoral
The two most common reasons for considering hip replacement surgery are disorders causing joint deteriora- tion and injury.
Your surgeon will want to see you at a follow up appointment about
six weeks after surgery. Most people report less pain and increased mobility than before the surgery. In fact, some say they wish they would have had the surgery even sooner!
During hip resurfacing, the orthope- dic surgeon replaces the socket of the hipbone with an artificial implant and places a metal cap on the femoral head. During total hip replacement surgery, the surgeon replaces the socket of the hipbone with an artificial implant but also replaces the femoral head with an implant. These implants are designed to mimic the natural components of the hip joint – the ball and the socket. The newest implants are made of strong, lightweight and durable materials and last much longer than before.
You may be a candidate for hip replacement surgery if you have any of the following symptoms:
• Persistent pain that doesn’t respond to
Duane Knight always wanted to participate in IRONMAN events, but had hip pain that got so bad he wasn’t able to run the distance. Dr. Joseph Burkhardt performed hip resurfacing on Duane and after a one-year recovery period, Duane has already completed
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• Pain that worsens, even when using a
cane or a walker.
• Trouble getting in and out of a chair
or a car.
• Difficulty walking up and down stairs. • Inability to do activities you once
enjoyed because of pain or stiffness.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Your doctor can dis- cuss treatment options, including the risks and benefits so you can make an informed decision together.
Bronson Orthopedic Specialists has a team of eight healthcare providers and four board certified orthopedic physicians who perform surgery at Bronson Battle Creek. For more infor- mation, visit
Before your surgery, your doctor will review your personal health
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Services for Seniors
By: Alisa Parker, Managing Attorney
The Legal Services of South Central Michigan-Battle Creek office will conduct interviews for legal advice and possible representation, without charge, to interested seniors.
• Wed, Feb 5, 10:30am-12pm, Barry County Commission on Aging, 320 West
Woodlawn, Hastings.
• Tue, Feb 11, 2-4pm, Bedford Manor, 100 S. Bedford Road, Battle Creek.
• Wed, Feb 19, 9am-12:30pm, Burnside Senior Center, 65 Grahl, Coldwater.
For more information call (269) 965-3951.

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