Total Hip Replacement

Michael Rieber, MD -  - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Orthopedics Unlimited

Michael Rieber, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Physician located in West Orange, NJ & Newark, NJ

Your hips are large joints that support your mobility and flexibility, as well as the weight of your upper body during movement. When arthritis or a sports injury to your hip joint causes debilitating pain that affects your quality of life, you may need hip replacement surgery. Michael Rieber, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in total hip replacement surgery at Orthopedics Unlimited in Livingston, New Jersey. Dr. Rieber takes a patient-centered approach to care that focuses on helping you find relief from your pain and return to your active lifestyle. Call the office or schedule your hip replacement consultation online today.

What is a total hip replacement?

A total hip replacement, or total hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure that replaces your diseased or damaged hip joint with a prosthetic joint. In addition to replacing your damaged joint, a hip replacement aims to alleviate joint pain and improve your quality of life.


Am I a candidate for a total hip replacement?

After a comprehensive evaluation, your board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedics Unlimited determines if you’re a candidate for hip replacement. Your surgeon may recommend the procedure if you have hip pain from arthritis or an injury that:


  • Limits your daily activities (walking, climbing stairs)
  • Causes stiffness that affects leg mobility
  • No longer responds to non-surgical interventions
  • It continues even when you’re at rest


Orthopedics Unlimited performs total hip replacement surgery on patients of all ages. Your surgeon determines your need for hip replacement surgery based on the severity of your pain and disability, not your age.


What happens during hip replacement surgery?

Dr. Rieber develops individualized surgical plans and reviews the details of your hip replacement surgery at your consultation. During your procedure, he removes the damaged portions of your hip joint during your hip replacement and uses prosthetic devices to restore hip structure and function.

The total hip replacement prosthesis includes a stem your surgeon attaches to your upper thigh bone, a ball joint that fits into the stem, and a cup your surgeon places in the socket of your hip joint.

Dr. Rieber may cement your prosthesis into the joint or “press-fit” the device to encourage bone growth around the prosthesis to secure it in place. Hip replacement surgery usually takes 1-2 hours. After the procedure, you will rest in the recovery area for monitoring.


How long is recovery following a total hip replacement?

Recovery following hip replacement surgery varies from person to person. Your orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedics Unlimited provides specific care and activity guidelines to support a speedy recovery, including physical therapy.

You should be able to resume light activities within 3-6 weeks after the procedure. Full recovery from hip replacement may take 6-12 months.

To schedule your hip replacement consultation at Orthopedics Unlimited, call the office or book an appointment online today.