James P. Crutcher Jr. , MD
Orthopedic Surgeon & Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon located in Seattle, WA
James P. Crutcher Jr., MD, offers expert hip replacement surgery at his practice in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Crutcher has 29 years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon and performs an average of 400 joint replacement surgeries each year while providing each patient with a personalized treatment plan. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Crutcher and learn more, call or use the online booking tool today.
Hip Replacement Surgery Q & A
What is hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery works to restore hip function and reduce joint pain. Dr. Crutcher offers a number of different hip replacement surgeries.
Direct superior hip replacement surgery is a less-invasive option. The procedure replaces your damaged hip bones with an artificial hip. During the procedure, Dr. Crutcher works between the muscles without cutting them.
Posterior hip replacement surgery is more traditional. Dr. Crutcher cuts muscles in the hip to replace the hip joint with an artificial hip. All muscles are repaired before the surgery is done.
Artificial hip joints can be made of several materials, including:
Other hip replacement surgeries offered by Dr. Crutcher include:
- MAKOplasty robotically-assisted surgery
- Revision of previous hip replacement
Hip replacement surgery is proven to be a highly safe and effective procedure.
When is hip replacement surgery needed?
Your hip can deteriorate over time because of injury or a medical disorder. Hip joint disorders include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic pain
- Sports injuries
- Congenital deformities
Dr. Crutcher will usually only recommend hip replacement surgery once less-invasive procedures are ineffective in treating your pain and dysfunction.
What are the benefits and risks of hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery provides several benefits, including:
- Increased hip mobility
- Decreased hip pain
- Improved quality of life
Although hip replacement surgery has a number of benefits, it is also important to understand the risks like:
- Hip joint infection
- Hip bone infection
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Injury to nearby muscles and nerves
- Blood clots
- Dislocation of hip joint
- Loose hip joint
Dr. Crutcher ensures that every patient is fully educated regarding all risks and benefits of a hip replacement surgery before the patient decides to have the surgery.
What is the recovery period after hip replacement surgery?
Dr. Crutcher provides you with a personalized recovery plan. This plan includes exercise and diet recommendations. Although you are able to walk the day of your hip replacement surgery, it generally takes 4-6 weeks to make a full recovery and return to your normal routine.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Crutcher, call or use the online booking tool today.