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Total Hip Replacement Specialist

Kane Orthopedic Institute

Thomas J. Kane, III, MD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon & Adult Joint Reconstruction Surgeon located in Honolulu, HI

Did you know that more than 400,000 Americans undergo a total hip replacement every year? If you have trouble walking or are experiencing chronic pain as a result of a hip-related health problem, replacement surgery is worth considering. Thomas Kane, III, MD, at Kane Orthopedic Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii, was trained by surgeons who actually developed hip replacement surgery, and he has performed over 5,000 successful hip replacement surgeries. To request your consultation with Dr. Kane, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Total Hip Replacement Q & A

What is a total hip replacement?

Total hip replacement is a type of orthopedic surgery designed to replace the damaged ball-and-socket joint that makes up your hip. Dr. Kane uses a "muscle-sparing" surgical approach that doesn't involve detaching structural tendons. 

The best components available in the world will be used in your surgery.

If you injure your hip or suffer from a chronic disease such as arthritis, you may experience pain, trouble walking, or difficulty performing everyday tasks. If you’ve tried various forms of conservative treatment, but still don’t feel better, you may benefit from surgical intervention. 

Who can benefit from a total hip replacement?

The majority of people who undergo total hip replacements are between 50 and 80 years old, but many are younger or older than that. Total hip replacement is usually recommended for people with arthritis, a disease that causes your cartilage –– a soft, cushion-like substance that supports your bones –– to deteriorate. Without adequate cartilage, your bones rub against one another, causing swelling, irritation, and pain. 

Dr. Kane regularly performs total hip replacements to treat pain caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. Whenever possible, Dr. Kane will treat your condition using conservative, non-surgical modalities. However, these measures aren’t always successful. If your pain persists and interferes with your normal routines, such as work or running errands, you should consider a total hip replacement. 

What is recovery from total hip replacement like?

Following your total hip replacement, you wake up in the recovery room. The hospital’s expert staff monitors your vital signs and administers pain medication to ensure your comfort. A Physical Therapist will get you up walking within 4 hours of your surgery.

Once you’re stable, you’re moved to your own room. Your stay in the hospital likely will be between 1-3 days. You will receive both Physical and Occupational Therapy each day in the Hospital.

Once you return home, it’s important to take it slow and follow Dr. Kane’s recovery instructions carefully. Take your medications as prescribed, attend all of your follow up appointments, and don’t overdo it. For the first few weeks of your recovery, try and have a friend or family member around who can drive you to appointments and assist you with tasks at home. 

Chronic hip pain is a common problem, but it doesn’t have to prevent you from living an active, healthy lifestyle. To learn more about total hip replacement, make an appointment at Kane Orthopedic Institute by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.

As the first fellowship-trained total joint surgeon in the state of Hawaii, you’re sure to be in good hands with Dr. Kane at Kane Orthopedic Institute. Call or book an appointment online today.