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Hip Replacement

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Hip joint replacement is surgery to replace all or part of the hip joint with an artificial device.

The hip is a ball and socket joint, linking the "ball" at the head of the thigh bone (femur) with the cup-shaped "socket" in the pelvic bone. A total hip prosthesis is surgically implanted to replace the damaged bone within the hip joint.

A reason for replacing the hip joint may be due to severe arthritis pain that limits a person's activity.

These days, there is no “right” age to get a joint replacement. Many younger individuals now opt for joint replacement, since the latest generation of these technologically advanced implants can last for 25 to 30 years. Patients do not have to wait to get back to their active, pain-free lives.

To see if you may be a candidate for a joint replacement, answer the questions in the joint replacement questionnaire.

Virtua’s Joint Replacement Institute provides a comprehensive continuum of state-of-the-art surgical, nursing and rehabilitative care that includes everything from a pre-surgery orientation class and pre-admission testing, to discharge planning and rehabilitation. All in South Jersey.

Virtua’s Joint Replacement Institute is dedicated to the recovery and return to functionality of all total joint replacement patients. Individualized, personalized care and attention are hallmarks of the Virtua program.

The Virtua surgeon you choose is the surgeon who cares for you before, during and after surgery. All care is overseen by a supportive staff of highly skilled professionals including your orthopedic surgeon, experienced registered orthopedic nurses and a clinical team that includes: rheumatologists, family physicians and internists, anesthesiologists, social workers, case managers, dietitians, occupational and physical therapists.

Virtua offers minimally invasive surgeries which use smaller incisions as opposed to traditional "open" surgeries where larger incisions are made. This includes the anterior hip replacement. Because the surgeon is often able to cut through less tissue, muscle and nerve, there is less trauma to the body.

The advantages to minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Small incisions
  • Decreased blood loss 
  • Improved recovery time
  • Quick return to normal activities

Outpatient rehabilitation
Following joint replacement surgery, Virtua offers advanced outpatient care through Virtua in Motion Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. Virtua in Motion clinical therapists are fully accredited in their specialties and have an average of 14 years of experience.

Interdisciplinary staff members develop individualized treatment plans and work closely with a patient's physician to ensure every aspect of medical history is considered during recovery. Therapists use advanced techniques and state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment to return joint replacement patients to normal activity as quickly as possible.

Virtua in Motion Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Centers are conveniently located across South Jersey in:

  • Camden
  • Cherry Hill
  • Lumberton
  • Moorestown
  • Sewell
  • Voorhees
  • Washington Township

Learn more about Virtua in Motion, including locations and hours of service.

Total Joint Pre-Surgical Classes

Joint Replacement Pre-Surgical classes are designed to provide you and your family with information and education regarding your upcoming Joint Replacement Surgery. The goal is to get you ready for your surgery by answering your questions, prepare you for what to expect while in the hospital, and to help you plan for your recovery.