Poole Joint Replacement
Colin Poole, MD
Joint Replacement Surgeon located in Boise, Meridian, ID
When you need a total hip replacement, trust board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Colin Poole, MD, AAOS, ABOS, at Poole Joint Replacement in Meridian, Idaho. Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) is one of the most successful elective surgeries in all of medicine with patient satisfaction scores as high as 90 percent in many cases. Although THA has been performed all over the world for many years, it continues to evolve to be more successful and safer, allowing the return to most activities sooner and improving patient outcomes. Call the office to schedule an appointment to learn about hip replacement options to alleviate your pain and improve function.
Total Hip Replacement Q & A
When do you need a hip replacement?
If your hip has been damaged by arthritis, overuse, a fracture, or other debilitating condition, pain may interrupt your ability to perform daily activities. This can include even the most basic activities like walking, getting dressed, getting in and out of a car, or even standing.
Surgery is often the last recourse when conservative treatments, such as medication, movement modifications, rest, and walking supports no longer alleviate your pain.
Am I a candidate for hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery is a successful option for people of all ages. Typically hip replacement is performed between the ages of 50 and 80.
Dr. Poole usually recommends a total hip replacement if:
- Hip pain is chronic and continues while resting
- Hip pain limits your everyday activities and causes you
- Hip pain causes stiffness that interferes with your ability to move or lift the leg
- Hip pain that awakens you at night
Before recommending and scheduling surgery, Dr. Poole conducts a thorough physical evaluation of your hip and general health. He reviews your medical history and performs several imaging tests, including X-rays and MRIs, to ensure that hip replacement surgery is right for you.
What happens during hip replacement surgery?
Total hip replacement surgery involves removing the damaged bone and cartilage from the hip joint and replacing it with prosthetic components. Dr. Poole replaces the femoral head — top of the leg bone — with a titanium metal stem that is placed into the hollow center of the femur. He then places a ceramic ball on the upper part of this stem to replace the damaged head of the femur.
All damaged cartilage is removed from the hip socket and replaced with a metal socket. Dr. Poole then inserts a polyethylene spacer between the new ball and socket to allow for smooth gliding.
Dr. Poole favors an anterior approach to hip replacement surgery. This approach follows the natural lines of your muscles, so no tendons or muscles are cut during the procedure. This allows for faster recovery and healing.
The new joint replicates natural hip functioning so your movement and comfort are restored.
If you’re suffering from hip pain, consult the team at Poole Joint Replacement. Dr. Poole can help you determine if a total hip replacement is for you. Call today to book an appointment.