HIP REPLACEMENT

Alexander P. Sah

Joint replacement is one of the most successful procedures in modern medicine. The surgical treatment of hip arthritis and other disorders by hip replacement is typically very reliable in reduction of pain and improvement in function.  Total (also known as full or complete) hip replacement (THR) involves removal of the ball of the hip joint and resurfacing of the socket portion where the hip articulating surfaces are exposed, usually due to severe cartilage wear or joint damage.  The ball and socket are replaced with metal on both sides, and a durable plastic placed in between.  As such, there is no more bone rubbing on bone, but rather metal articulating with a new plastic bearing, thereby re-establishing the joint mechanics and dimensions.  This website is intended to provide information regarding total hip replacement, less invasive surgery, risks and benefits of the procedure, outpatient joint replacement, and state-of-the-art surgical techniques.

Less invasive total hip replacement surgery

Hip Committees and Research

  • Co-Director, Institute for Joint Restoration and Research, Washington Hosp, 2012 – present
  • Director, Outpatient Joint Replacement Program, Washington Hosp, 2014 – present
  • Chair, Department of Orthopedics, Washington Hospital, 2012 - 2015
  • Chair, IJRR Research and Education Committee, Washington Hospital, 2012 – present
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Adult Hip Pilot CME Program, 2012
  • Progam Co-Director, VuMedi, Hip & Knee Program, SF Event, 2015
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Hip Program Committee, 2016 – present
  • Emerging Leader, American Orthopedic Association Emerging Leaders Forum, Seattle, 2016
  • Writing Panel, Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip, AAOS, 2017
  • Alexander Sah, “Using Technology to Improve Patient Perioperative Care”, Presentation at CA Orthopedic Assoc Annual Meeting, Carlsbad, 2017
  • Alexander Sah, “My Decision to Start Anterior Hip Replacement”, Presentation at Anterior Hip Foundation Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, 2017
  • Alexander Sah, Dearborn J, “To Cement or not to Cement? Modern Hybrid Total Hip Replacement - Low risks and excellent results with cemented femoral fixation”, Poster at AAHKS Annual Meeting, Dallas, 2016
  • Alexander Sah, “Pain Management in Total Hip Arthroplasty", Presentation at West Regional Recon Hip and Knee Meeting, San Francisco, 2016
  • California Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, 2017 (program co-chair)
  • Anterior Hip Foundation Meeting, Las Vegas 2017
  • California Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting, Laguna Niguel, 2016
  • Contemporary Solutions in Joint Surgery, Newport Beach, 2016
  • 3rd Annual ICJR Pan Pacific Orthopedic Congress, Hawaii, 2016
  • Center of Leadership, 2016-present
  • West Regional Hip and Knee Reconstruction Meeting, SF, 2016
  • 4th Annual Utah Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Symposium 2016

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