Treatments & Services
When other treatments are ineffective, surgery can reduce or eliminate chronic joint pain and restore movement lost to injury, wear and tear or disease.
Since I have been living the past forty years in the Tri-Cities area of Michigan, I was not aware of the medical services available in Holland, Michigan. It wasn't until I needed a hip replacement that my search began for the right surgeon and the right hospital. After many months of investigation, it was my decision to have the procedure done at Holland Hospital. My care was the best from beginning to end. I can't thank the hospital and its staff enough for all they did for me. The surgical team was A-1. So be very "Thankful" Holland that you have something this special located in your community.
Traditional Total Hip Replacement
Total hip replacement surgery can relieve pain and improve mobility.
Diseases like arthritis attack the cartilage that cushions your joints.
When that cartilage has deteriorated substantially, a total hip
replacement is often needed to help you resume an independent and active
life. Traditional total hip replacement has been performed all over the
world for many years and has proven to be a highly successful
surgery—easing chronic pain and restoring mobility for improved quality
During total hip replacement surgery, a surgeon removes damaged bone
and replaces it with a joint made of high-tech metal, plastics and
polymers. Factoring your age, activity level, and the range of hip
implants available, your surgeon will select an appropriate hip joint
and create a customized care plan for you.
Anterior Approach Hip Replacement
Holland Hospital is one of the few hospitals in Michigan to
offer Anterior Approach Hip Replacement, a muscle-sparing technique for
total hip replacement which offers many potential benefits to those who
meet the criteria for the procedure. The Anterior Approach uses the
same implants as traditional hip replacement. However, using the
Anterior Approach, a smaller incision is used to reach the hip joint
from the front of the hip joint (anterior) rather than the side
(lateral) or back (posterior). Because the surgeon accesses the joint in
this way, the important muscles for hip function are left undisturbed.
Compared to traditional total hip replacement, the Anterior Approach may offer:
- reduced pain
- faster healing and recovery time
- less restriction of movement during recovery
- greater joint stability after surgery
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing/Partial Hip Replacement
Physicians often advise patients with hip pain to hold off as long as
possible before getting a hip replacement. That's because total hip
replacements usually last about 15–20 years so younger patients may need
another replacement later in life. For those who qualify, hip
resurfacing (also called Birmingham Hip Resurfacing or BHR) may be an
alternative to total hip replacement.
Hip Resurfacing Benefits
- Saves Bone—With hip resurfacing, the ball and socket bones are resurfaced rather than completely replaced.
- Improved Stability—The size of the implant may also help retain hip stability and range of movement.
- Relieves pain—Hip resurfacing implants offer many years of pain relief for qualifying patients.
- Return to Activity—Many hip resurfacing patients resume low impact activities safely, free from pain and stiffness.
Bone & Joint Center
Dr. Carl Wierks, Holland Hospitpal Bone & Joint Center discusses hip pain in active people.