Total Hip Replacement

Hip replacement surgery is normally performed on patients who suffer from severe arthritis pain that limits their activities and has not been helped enough by other treatments. It is often performed on older adults who have fractured their thigh bone. This surgery almost always reduces joint pain, increases leg function and improves the patient’s quality of life.

The hip joint is made up of two major parts – the hip socket (called the acetabulum) and the upper end of the thighbone (called the femoral head). During a total hip replacement, both of these are replaced with metal or ceramic parts. The surgery also includes inserting a liner into the socket to help the hip move more smoothly and attaching a metal stem to the thighbone to make the joint more stable.

During total hip replacement surgery, an incision is made (often over the buttocks) to open the joint. The surgeon will remove the head of the thighbone, clean out the hip socket and remove the cartilage and damaged bone. Then all of the new parts will be put in place and secured. The surgery normally takes approximately 1-3 hours. Most total hip replacements last for many years.

Technologies for Total Hip Replacement

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What to Expect for Total Hip Replacement

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Side Effects and Risk Factors for Total Hip Replacement

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Education and Resources for Total Hip Replacement

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