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Total and Partial Hip Replacement [Video]

Ask the Expert: Hip Video Series

About the video: Are partial hip replacements available?

Listen to our experts Dane Hansen, D.O. and retired physician, Jerome Perra, M.D. discuss the difference between total and partial hip replacements.

Meet the Expert: Dane Hansen, D.O.

Dr. Hansen’s approach: “Arthritis patients have high expectations for their activity level. With advanced training in minimally invasive surgical techniques and quick-recovery joint replacement, I strive to help my patients return to their fully active lifestyle as quickly as possible.”

Dr. Hansen’s education: Dr. Hansen received his undergraduate degree from Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He went to medical school at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. his residencywas at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine / Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He has a fellowship in Adult Joint Reconstruction from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. A fellowship is the highest level of formal training for a surgeon.

When to seek treatment for your arthritis

Arthritis doesn’t have to spell the end of an active life. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms or persistent pain, the renowned arthritis specialists at Summit Orthopedics can help. We work with you to confirm a diagnosis and develop an appropriate conservative treatment plan. If nonsurgical treatments fail to support your lifestyle goals, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons will consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options. Summit is home to innovative joint replacement options. Our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of only two surgery centers nationally to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

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Video Transcription

The difference between a partial hip replacement and a total hip replacement is that partial hip replacements only replace the ball portion of the ball-and-socket joint. It leaves the pelvic area completely alone. That’s actually not a very common procedure anymore. It’s typically used for elderly patients that have hip fractures. So it’s a little bit less invasive. It’s a situation where we’re trying to treat a fracture that won’t otherwise heal well. We do that in patients that are either too elderly to do well or to require a full, total hip replacement or people that have very minimal arthritis. Partial knee replacement works for people who only wear out half of their knee. It’s a very successful operation for that right group of people. A hip is different. A hip is a ball-and-socket. When it wears out, the entire joint is affected. The entire joint wears out. So for treating a hip for arthritis, a full hip replacement will replace the worn out socket with a metal cup with a plastic liner into it. And we replace the worn out ball with a ceramic ball that will match against the cup. It’s a much more successful operation. It relieves the pain. But for someone who is young or active or has a reasonable life expectancy, we found a full hip replacement is more predictable and more successful at relieving pain.