At Swedish Medical Center in Denver, we can help free you from hip pain so you can get back to your everyday life. Our expert doctors are specially trained and experienced in figuring out exactly what is wrong with your hip and fixing it.

Our treatment starts with your first visit. So you can make the best choice for your care, our orthopedic care team will explain your diagnosis and discuss all options for your condition. We know surgery can be a big decision, and we want to work with you to create a plan for your hip pain.

We usually start treatments with physical therapy. If that doesn’t work, we may talk about total hip replacement surgery. If you have surgery, our therapy team works with you afterward. We offer both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation to make sure you are back to your old self as soon as possible.

For more information about hip replacement, call our total joint program coordinator at (303) 788-6682.

What happens during hip replacement surgery?

During total hip replacement surgery, your surgeon replaces your damaged hip with an artificial joint. Your thigh bone is rounded at the top and fits into the cup part of the pelvic bone. When you have total hip surgery, a metal ball with a stem is put in place at the top of your femur. A plastic-like cup is inserted into the damaged cup of your pelvic bone. Together, these make a new hip that is less painful and can move better.

Posterior vs. anterior approach surgery

Anterior approach for hip replacement

When appropriate, our surgeons use a minimally invasive technique called the direct anterior approach for hip replacement. This technique involves a three to four inch incision on the front of the hip that allows the surgeon to spare muscle by gently working around it rather than cutting through it. It also reduces the risk of dislocation and has been shown to decrease pain and lead to a shorter recovery time.

Surgeons at Swedish pioneered a highly advanced anterior approach technique called Portal Assisted Total Hip Arthroplasty. In this procedure, the incision is moved to a higher location on the body that helps to minimize scarring and nerve damage and reducing recovery time. Swedish is one of only a handful of facilities in the country to perform this new hip replacement surgery.

Your surgeon will discuss the different surgical options with you to determine the most appropriate procedure.

Portal-Assisted Total Hip Arthroplasty

Patients should attend our joint replacement pre-surgical class for more information on what to expect before, during and after your surgery. You should also review our hip replacement patient manual prior to having your procedure.