Hip replacement in Walterboro

The orthopedic team at Colleton Medical Center is dedicated to getting you moving again. We use advanced surgical techniques to treat hip conditions, minimize pain and restore mobility. 

For more information about orthopedic care and hip replacement surgery, please contact our Consult-A-Nurse team at (843) 782-2525.

Hip conditions we treat

Disease or injury can disturb the normal functioning of your hip. This can result in pain, muscle weakness and impaired movement. We provide comprehensive joint replacement options through our orthopedic program to address these problems. We treat hip conditions caused by acute and chronic issues, such as:

  • Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis (loss of bone cartilage)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 

Signs you need hip replacement surgery

We provide advanced surgical procedures to restore functionality to your hip. If nonsurgical treatments, such as steroids or anti-inflammatory medications, do not relieve hip pain, your doctor may recommend surgery. You may also be a good candidate for hip replacement surgery if you have:

  • A hip condition making routine tasks difficult
  • Advanced arthritis or significant joint damage
  • Chronic and/or significant pain
  • Hip stiffness limiting your normal range of motion 

Preparing for hip replacement surgery

To ensure you are ready for surgery, your orthopedic team may perform:

  • A complete medical history assessment
  • A physical examination, including X-rays and other imaging services
  • Blood tests and other exams, as needed 

Hip replacement surgery

During treatment, your orthopedic surgeon removes the damaged parts of your hip joint and replace them with a prosthesis. The hip prosthesis is made up of a stem that goes into the femur (thighbone), the ball (head joint) that fits into the stem and a cup inserted into the socket of the hip joint.

The two most common types of artificial hip prostheses are cemented and uncemented prostheses. A cemented prosthesis attaches to the bone with surgical cement. An uncemented prosthesis attaches to the bone with a porous surface where the bone grows to attach to the prosthesis. Sometimes, a combination of the two types is used to replace a hip. 

Physical therapy for hip replacement

Through our comprehensive rehab program, physical therapists and occupational therapists teach you how to exercise, walk and complete daily activities, such as dressing and cooking, while your hip is healing. During the hospital stay, a case manager assesses your progress and goals for discharge. The case manager also helps organize:

  • Additional support available through a home health agency
  • Any equipment needed at home
  • Inpatient rehabilitation, if necessary