Hip Replacement Specialist

Christopher Farrell, M.D. -  - Orthopedic Surgery

Maryland Orthopedic Institute

Christopher Farrell, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery located in Bethesda, MD

Not so many years ago, the thought of hip replacement invoked a sense of dread. Today, Dr. Christopher Farrell and his team at Maryland Orthopedic Institute in Bethesda, Maryland offers innovative hip replacement procedures to address chronic pain. There’s nothing to fear about having a hip replacement when working with a skilled surgeon: Schedule an appointment online or call the office to get started on your journey to renewed and pain-free hip function.

Hip Replacement Q & A

What is a hip replacement?

Hip replacement is a surgical procedure that allows Dr. Farrell to remove your painful hip joint and position a replacement joint made of all new materials. A hip replacement is a robust treatment option for persistent hip pain and reduced joint mobility.

Several conditions can lead to the need for a hip replacement. Some of the more common issues include:

  • Arthritis
  • Fracture
  • Damage sustained through wear and tear
  • Traumatic injury

Before moving forward with hip replacement, Dr. Farrell will discuss all available treatment options with you, including less invasive alternatives. Physical therapy, cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications, and assistive devices are all options to consider.

How do I know if hip replacement is right for me?

No two people share the same experience with hip pain. The best way to consider if hip replacement is right for you is to take an objective look at how your hip pain affects your daily life.

If you find yourself avoiding many types of physical activity to decrease the risk of pain, or if you experience pain even while at rest, it may be time to discuss hip replacement with Dr. Farrell.

Your emotional health is also an important consideration. Many people become irritable, depressed, or unhappy when faced with chronic joint pain.

It’s important to understand that there are effective treatment options and that today’s hip replacement surgeries are nothing like what was standard just a few years ago.

How is hip replacement surgery done?

Dr. Farrell is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who’s also fellowship trained in hip replacement. His extensive training has allowed him to make hip replacement surgery as painless as possible.

The hip replacement process begins with anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Dr. Farrell then makes the appropriate incision and exposes your hip joint. The ball portion of your hip joint is removed, then the artificial joint is attached to your remaining thigh bone tissue.

Next, any damaged cartilage in your hip bone is removed to allow for proper positioning of the replacement socket. The ball portion of the joint is placed into the socket portion, and your muscles are reattached before Dr. Farrell closes the incision.  

To explore the possibilities afforded by hip replacement surgery, schedule a consultation today.