Dr. Nicholas Alexander is the founder of Mahwah Valley Orthopedic Associates in Mahwah and Clifton, NJ and a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in both the surgical and non-surgical treatment of hip and knee conditions.
Dr. Alexander completed his residency in Total Joint Replacement and Adult Reconstruction of the Hip and Knee t the prestigious John Hopkins School of Medicine and has performed thousands of Total Hip Replacements in his over 20 years practice. He also serves as the Chairman of the Valley Hospital Total Joint Center.
At Mahwah Valley Orthopedic Asssociates, Dr. Alexander believes in creating a unique approach for each patient based on his/her lifestyle and goals. He also believes that a Hip Replacement should only be considered when other more conservative options have not provided relief from chronic hip pain.
Dr. Nicholas Alexander
Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Specializing In Hip & Knee Conditions
Considering Hip Replacement Surgery?
If you are considering a Hip Replacement, here are some interesting facts you may not have known:
1. Hip Replacement Surgery is Now Performed with Less Invasive Approaches
Traditionally, hip replacement surgery involved a large 8-10 inch incision along the hip. However, with the implementation of newer, less invasive hip replacement techniques, with smaller incisions, the procedure does not require as large an amount of dissection of the muscle, leaving much of the muscle and the tissue around the hip intact.
2. Implants Last Far Longer than Before
Thanks to modern technology, surgical technologies, and improved materials, implants can last more than 20 years.
3. Rehabilitation is Much Shorter than Before
As a result of the advanced techniques (mentioned above) the recovery and rehabilitation profile has been shorted drastically. Rehabilitation begins on the day of surgery and after only 6 weeks of rehab patients see a drastic improvement in the functionality of the hip.
Our Unique Approach To Hip Replacements
Although the surgical approach may differ for certain patients, Hip Replacement Procedures utilize 4 basic steps:
- Preparing the bone: The damaged femoral head is removed and replaced with a metal stem that is placed into the center of the femoral stem is cemented or pressed into the bone.
- The positioning of the implant: A metal or ceramic ball is placed on the upper part of the stem. This ball replaces the damaged femoral head that was removed.
- Resurfacing the joint: The damaged cartilage surface of the socket is removed and replaced with a metal socket.
- Inserting the spacer: A ceramic, or metal spacer is inserted between the new ball and the socket to allow for a smooth gliding surface for the hip.
Once the components are in place and Dr. Alexander performs a series of tests to ensure the hip is moving properly, the small incision is closed using sutures and skin staples.
An Award Winning Program & Staff
A State-of-the-Art Joint Replacement Program
With thousands of successful hip procedures performed, Dr. Alexander and Mahwah Valley Orthopedics have been able to give many people their lives back. We would love the opportunity to meet you and do the same.