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Osteoarthritis of the Hip

What is Osteoarthritis?

What is Osteoarthritis of the Hip?

Osteoarthritis of the hip is a common and debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. If you or a loved one are experiencing hip pain, stiffness, or reduced mobility, it’s important to understand the nature of this condition and explore the various treatment options available. Dr. Niels Linschoten at Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive care to help you manage osteoarthritis of the hip and improve your quality of life.

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip is a degenerative joint disease that occurs when the cartilage cushioning the hip joint wears down over time. This condition leads to pain, inflammation, and decreased mobility. Osteoarthritis can affect anyone but is most common in older adults and those with a history of joint injuries or other risk factors.

Symptoms of Hip Arthritis

Common symptoms of hip osteoarthritis include:

  • Pain: Typically felt in the groin, thigh, or buttocks, and may worsen with activity.

  • Stiffness: Reduced range of motion, especially after periods of inactivity.

  • Swelling: Inflammation around the hip joint.

  • Grinding Sensation: A feeling of bone rubbing against bone.

  • Limping: Difficulty walking due to pain and stiffness.

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Causes and Risk Factors

The exact cause of osteoarthritis is unknown, but several factors may contribute to its development:

  • Age: The risk increases with age.

  • Genetics: Family history of osteoarthritis.

  • Joint Injuries: Previous injuries to the hip.

  • Obesity: Excess weight puts additional stress on the hip joints.

  • Repetitive Stress: Jobs or activities that put repeated stress on the hip.

Diagnosis of Hip Osteoarthritis

Diagnosis of Hip Osteoarthritis

Diagnosing hip osteoarthritis involves a comprehensive evaluation that includes:

  • Medical History: Discussing your symptoms, medical history, and any previous injuries.

  • Physical Examination: Assessing the range of motion, pain levels, and joint stability.

  • Imaging Tests: X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to visualize the extent of joint damage.

Treatments for Hip Osteoarthritis

There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but several treatments can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Dr. Niels Linschoten offers a range of non-surgical and surgical treatment options tailored to each patient’s needs.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

1. Medications:

  • Pain Relievers: Acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

  • Corticosteroids: Injections to reduce inflammation.

  • Hyaluronic Acid: Injections to lubricate the joint.

2. Physical Therapy:

  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles around the hip and improve flexibility.


3. Lifestyle Modifications:

  • Weight management to reduce stress on the hip.

  • Activity modification to avoid activities that worsen symptoms.


4. Assistive Devices:

  • Canes or walkers to help with mobility and reduce pain.

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Surgical Treatment Options

When non-surgical treatments are no longer effective, surgery may be considered:

1. Hip Arthroscopy: Minimally invasive surgery to remove loose fragments of bone or cartilage.

2. Osteotomy: Realignment of the bone to reduce stress on the hip joint.

3. Hip Replacement Surgery:

  • Total Hip Replacement: The damaged hip joint is replaced with a prosthetic joint.

  • Partial Hip Replacement: Only the damaged part of the hip joint is replaced.

Dr. Niels Linschoten specializes in advanced robotic-assisted hip replacement surgery using the Mako SmartRobotics™ system. This technology offers several benefits:

  • Precision: Enhanced accuracy in implant placement.

  • Customization: Personalized surgical planning based on a 3D model of the patient’s hip.

  • Less Pain: Reduced soft tissue damage during surgery.

  • Faster Recovery: Shorter hospital stays and quicker return to normal activities.

Dr. Niels Linschoten explains Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip Replacement Videos

Explanation of how Robotic-Assisted Hip Replacements work

Life After Hip Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery can be a life-changing procedure for individuals suffering from chronic knee pain and limited mobility. By understanding the different types of knee replacements, preparing for surgery, knowing what to expect during the procedure and recovery, and following recommended rehabilitation protocols, you can optimize your chances of a successful outcome.

Remember that knee replacement surgery is not a quick fix, but rather a step towards regaining your quality of life and mobility. After undergoing knee replacement surgery, it's important to commit to a comprehensive rehabilitation program to strengthen the surrounding muscles and improve joint flexibility. This may involve working closely with physical therapists and following a tailored exercise regimen to gradually rebuild strength and mobility in the knee. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, proper nutrition, and weight management, can help support the longevity of the knee replacement and reduce the risk of complications. With dedication to rehabilitation and a commitment to ongoing self-care, many individuals find that they are able to return to activities they enjoy and experience improved overall well-being with their new knee. However, it's essential to follow up with your healthcare provider regularly to monitor the progress of your knee replacement and address any concerns that may arise along the way.

What do our Patients say?

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a hip replacement surgery take?

The surgery can last anywhere from just under an hour to approximately two hours depending on the complexity of the case. Now that we offer Mako Robotic-Assisted Hip Replacement Surgery, the surgery is typically an outpatient procedure lasting under an hour, and most patients go home the same day.

What is the recovery time for hip replacement surgery?

Full recovery from a hip replacement surgery can take up to a year with physical therapy, but most patients resume normal activities within a couple of months. With our minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery, some of our patients are back to full activity in a matter of weeks. 

Will I need physical therapy after surgery?

Yes. Physical therapy after surgery is essential for strengthening the hip muscles and improving mobility.

How long do hip replacements last?

According to research, hip replacements last between 15 to 20 years or longer depending on factors like activity level and overall health. We have one patient who had her hip replaced 30 years ago, and her hip is still going strong!

Request an Appointment

Please call (225) 408-7966 to request an appointment with Dr. Niels Linschoten at Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic. You don't have to live with joint pain. We can help.

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